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Molalla man named Portland Firefighter of the year

Portland VFW Post Commander John Bolner (left) with Adam Salvetti, his wife Karen Salvetti and their children, Daisy, Mckenna and Maxam,      following the   presentation     ceremony naming Savetti Portland Firefighter of the Year 2014Adam Salvetti, of Molalla, was named the 2014 Portland Firefighter of the Year.

The city of Portland recently honored him at an award ceremony held at Portland Fire Station No. 02, and he was recognized by the Portland VFW with a ceremonial dinner. As Firefighter of the Year, he also received the honor of Ringing of the Bell, a formal Portland Fire and Rescue tradition held each year to honor fallen firefighters.

Salvetti, 35, was chosen for the award from more than 700 firefighters in the city of Portland. He is based at Fire Station No. 01 in downtown Portland. He has been with Portland Fire and Rescue since 2002. His wife, Karen Salvetti, said he was nominated for the award by two lieutenants and a captain with the Portland Fire Bureau.

Salvetti, who has been a firefighter 12 years altogether, was credited by Captain Greg Espinosa of the Portland Fire Bureau as being a tireless worker. At Station 1, where he is based, he helped manage the Technical Rescue program, of which Espinoza is the captain. “Anytime there is a project that needs to be done, I gave it to Adam,” Salvetti said while telling why Salvetti was chosen for the honor. “I’ve learned that if I give him a project it’s going to get done, and it’s going to get done right.”

According to the bureau, Salvetti is one of the first Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) instructors certified in Oregon.

The son of Roy and Marci Salvetti, he grew up in Molalla and graduated from Molalla High School in 1997. He then earned a fire science degree from Portland Community College.

He and Karen, live in Molalla, where they are raising their three children, Mckenna, Maxam and Daisy.

Salvetti has said that he decided to become a firefighter while still in high school. Then, once he started, he decided that there is “really something” to the job.

“The more I’ve worked with the Fire Bureau, the more I enjoy it,” he said.