LCDPS firefighter wins Valor Award

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Levy County Department of Public Safety Firefighter Jeremy Pittman was selected as an honoree at the 97.3 The SKY Valor Awards, a recognition of first responders in the Heart of Florida. On Thursday, June 29, several members of the surrounding communities were recognized for their dedication to service.

Pittman came to LCDPS in October of 2012 as a 19-year-old with no background in public safety. He had passed by the Fire Station in his rural community several times thinking about volunteering in an effort to fulfill his desire of giving back to his community.

Pat Hathcox, a volunteer with the County, knew Pittman through the Boy Scouts and provided him with the information to become a member of LCDPS. After stopping by the station a few times and talking with the crews he decided to submit an application.

Pittman was hired as a Support Responder, enabling him to give back to his community, but not quite at the level he desired, he wanted to offer more. He was given the opportunity to complete Firefighter I training and immediately signed up. After Firefighter I he knew this was a career he wanted to pursue and took the opportunity to complete the requirements for Firefighter II certification. In less than 10 months of being hired, he reached his (new) goal and is now able to serve the community in the best way possible. He has completed schooling for EMT certification and will take the test to become a certified EMT and he plans to start paramedic school.