Fire Chief Edgar with Captain Fortner, recipient of the 2015 Fire Chief's Award
Milton Fire-Rescue Department recognized 2015's top firefighters at the 5th Annual Recognition and Awards Ceremony Saturday, Jan. 16. The ceremony recognized firefighters for exemplary acts, including saving lives on EMS calls, public outreach and promotional recognition. Throughout the nine-year history of the department, Milton Fire-Rescue's most important assets have been the firefighters in the field who are in the community every day helping those in need.
As a member of the Milton Fire-Rescue Department who makes significant contributions to the community, his co-workers and the department, Captain Jason Cantrell was named the 2015 Milton Fire Fighter of the Year. Not missing a day of work since his career began in 2007, Captain Cantrell is a clear example of what it means to be a fire and rescue professional in Milton. He maintains a positive attitude and completes work assignments quickly and efficiently. He does an outstanding job with special projects and is actively involved in Milton Fire-Rescue's public education and fire clown public education programs.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 could have ended very differently for one little girl without Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO) and Paramedic (PM) Erick Sprouse's quick action and professional expertise. At 7:54 p.m., Rescue 42 "B" Shift and Alpharetta E-5 were dispatched to a near drowning involving a 3-year-old girl. Upon arrival, R-42 FAO/PM Erick Sprouse made his way to the child's side. The child was lying next to the pool with no obvious signs of breathing. Time being of the essence, FAO/PM Sprouse immediately advised this was a "load and go" situation and advised that the fire apparatus would be driving the child to the hospital, since the ambulance had not yet arrived.
While Milton firefighter/paramedics performed lifesaving interventions en route to the hospital, other personnel remained on scene to support the family. Upon arrival at the hospital the patient was breathing on her own. Because of their quick action and skill, the child and her father were able to attend the awards banquet.
Captain Ryan James, FAO Tim Murray, FAO Erick Sprouse, Firefighter Russ Womack and Firefighter Richard Bishop from Engine 42 and Rescue 42 "B" shift were chosen to receive the 2015 Fire Company of the Year Award. This team is committed to excellence, maintains a positive attitude and has a true can-do attitude. These crew members are high performing individuals and committed to serving Milton together.
Fire Chief Robert Edgar selected Captain Alex Fortner as this year's recipient of the Milton Fire Chief's Award. In addition to serving as Assistant Fire Marshal, Captain Fortner serves on several committees representing the department and has a professional attitude that resonates with team members and the community. Captain Fortner recently earned his bachelor's degree and is now on the way to earning his masters.