This individual has been with his fire department for a number of years and you can bet if their tones drop for a medical or fire call, he will be the first to check in en route. He is always willing to provide his help by responding to many calls no matter the situation nor the time of day or night it may be. He is committed to serving the citizens in the community with courteous and professional service. He treats everyone with respect and is polite with his patients and is always asking Ashe Medics what help they need with patient care. He dedicates so much of his own time towards helping those that are in need of emergency services. Ashe County Hometown Heroes’ EMT of the Year goes to Keaton Craven of the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
This individual is always the first to go above and beyond for their volunteer fire department. Whether it is a major structure fire, a patient carry out, a lift assist, or a tree blocking the roadway you can count on seeing this individual’s smiling face. He sacrifices many hours away from his family and friends and his dedication to his department is admirable. Ashe County Hometown Heroes’ Firefighter of the Year goes to Josh Walters of the West Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.
This individual has always taken his job very seriously. He is willing to help not only his fellow officers in the jurisdiction but county officers as well. He's not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help with our local fire department as well as local EMS. He humbles himself to people in need of help. He goes beyond his duty to protect and serve his town and county residents. With this individual, you can always depend on a swift response and professionalism. Ashe County Hometown Heroes’ Law Enforcement of the Year goes to Officer "Spanky” Friesland of the West Jefferson Police Department.
This individual goes the extra mile to be involved not only in his community but also in this county. He loves teaching kids about fire safety and represents first responders in the best way it can be represented; with courage and honor. Selfless and hard-working are just a few great words to describe this individual. He is very dedicated to his department and will go out of his way to help anyone in need. He responds to 99% of the department’s medical calls as well as the fire calls. The 1% left over is only because he is out of town. He does most of the fire training for his department and keeps it fun and interesting for all the members. He is always willing to lend a helping hand at all of the department’s fundraising events. Ashe County Hometown Heroes’ overall Hometown Hero of the Year goes to Mike D’Angiolillo of the Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.