City firefighters of year named

First Posted: 12/31/2014

The Mount Airy Fire Department has announced its top firemen for 2014.

Brad Harrell was named career firefighter of the year, with Jason Fariss chosen as part-time firefighter of the year.

“Both of them are extremely valuable assets to the organization,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said.

“They put in a lot of time, both on and off the job, in doing the best they can for the fire department and the citizens,” Poindexter added.

Harrell, 34, has been a city firefighter since 2002. He presently holds the rank of fire engineer, which the chief described as a mid-level supervisory position.

Fariss, who is in his late 20s, has been a part-time fireman for about two years.

The Mount Airy Fire Department has 19 full-time and 17 part-time firefighters along with three reservists.

Selecting the city’s firemen of the year is an annual tradition dating to the early 1960s, according to Poindexter.

Recipients of that honor are chosen by their peers. The process begins with the selection of nominees for the career and part-time firefighter of the year and ballots are circulated among department employees.

Winners are announced at an annual Christmas breakfast attended by both present department members and retired personnel, along with their family members.

Harrell’s and Fariss’ names will be included among wall plaques displayed by the fire department to honor all those recognized since the award program was conceived.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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