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Chad Carey wins Hillsboro Firefighter of the Year award

American Legion Post honors 'compassionate, resourceful' lieutenant with annual accolade Tuesday night

SUBMITTED PHOTO - American Legion Post Commander Bob Gnos presents Lt. Chad Carey (right) with a plaque honoring him as Hillsboro Firefighter of the Year as Fire Chief Scott Magers looks on.

Hillsboro American Legion Post Six honored a Hillsboro firefighter for his dedication to the community and his commitment to public safety. Lieutenant Chad Carey, 43, an 18-year fire department veteran, was honored Tuesday night, March 14, at a dinner hosted by American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members. More than 50 people attended the event.

"Lieutenant Carey exemplifies the type of firefighter we want in leadership roles — competent, compassionate and resourceful," said Fire Chief Scott Magers. "When, as an incident commander, I see Chad and his engine company drive up to an emergency scene, I know we'll get this under control quickly," Magers added when presenting the award.

American Legion Post Commander Bob Gnos presented Carey with a plaque. The honor is bestowed on one person each year, said Hillsboro Fire spokesman Bruce Montgomery. Hillsboro firefighters nominate a small ballot of candidates for the award and all members of the local firefighters union vote to select the winner.

For more information on fire and life safety, contact Hillsboro Fire Department at 503-681-6166 or visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.