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Galesburg Fire Department names firefighter of the year

Congratulations are in order for a firefighter with the Galesburg Fire Department. City...
Congratulations are in order for a firefighter with the Galesburg Fire Department. City officials on Thursday announced Kyle Harms has been named the department’s Firefighter of the Year.(kwqc, city of galesburg)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:19 PM CDT
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GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) - Congratulations are in order for a firefighter with the Galesburg Fire Department.

City officials on Thursday announced Kyle Harms has been named the department’s Firefighter of the Year.

The annual award “recognizes the significant contributions, achievements, character, and long-term dedication of a Firefighter or Fire Captain,” officials said in the release.

The selection is based on the candidate’s skill, ability, the performance of duties in the station, motivation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, professionalism and customer service.

“Firefighter Harms was an easy choice even among stiff competition,” states Battalion Chief, Derek Perry. “Kyle has stepped up and worked tirelessly on important departmental projects which include: the business self-inspection program, replacement of the aging Galesburg Regional Fire Training Site Tower, and a much needed remodel of the central station dormitory to improve firefighter health and comfort and ready it for female firefighters.”

You can read the city’s full release below.

“Firefighter Kyle Harms with the Galesburg Fire Department has been named the department’s Firefighter of the Year. The annual GFD Firefighter of the Year Award recognizes the significant contributions, achievements, character, and long-term dedication of a Firefighter or Fire Captain. Selection is based on the candidate’s skill and ability as a firefighter, performance of duties in the station, motivation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, professionalism, and customer service. The example set by the nominee off-duty, such as volunteering and community service, may also be considered. Nominees are chosen by the firefighting shifts and final selection is made by consensus of the management staff, union president, and staff captain.

“Firefighter Harms was an easy choice even among stiff competition,” states Battalion Chief, Derek Perry. “Kyle has stepped up and worked tirelessly on important departmental projects which include: the business self-inspection program, replacement of the aging Galesburg Regional Fire Training Site Tower, and a much needed remodel of the central station dormitory to improve firefighter health and comfort and ready it for female firefighters.”

Additionally, Firefighter Harms was involved in two rescues. The first as an acting Captain during a structure fire rescuing a 23 year old disoriented female and her dog. The second rescue was of a 66 year old male who had fallen through the ice approximately 75 yards offshore at Lake Storey.

Firefighter Harms has been with GFD for just over 9 years. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from John Wood Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Western Illinois University. Firefighter Harms has his Fire Officer I certification and has been taking classes in Fire Prevention, making him an even better asset to the department. His commitment to the job and exemplary performance have brought great honor to the Galesburg Fire Department and we are proud to recognize him as Firefighter of the Year.”

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