Dothan First Responders Honored

Some of Dothan’s most dedicated first responders were recognized at the city commission meeting Tuesday.

Dothan Fire Sergeant Jody Medley was named paramedic of the year. He's served at department for more than a decade, and says this is an honor.

“It really means a lot because we have so many paramedics in the city of Dothan and it's an award that's voted on by your peers. So just knowing that the work i do is recognized by my peers and appreciated, I appreciate the work they do as well,” said Medley.

Also, Sergeant Tim Driscoll was named EMT of the year.

This award is named in honor of former firefighter, John Ingram. Driscoll says he was an outstanding EMT, and there are certain qualities you need to win this award.

“Dedication to the service of the citizens of Dothan. Caring about every individual you go on. Working with your team members. Just as an engine company the ability to work together,” said Driscoll.

Battalion Chief Johnny Givens was also recognized for dedicating 25 years of service to the Dothan Fire Department.

He's seen major improvements in safety, inspections, and their training has increased tremendously.

He does have some advice for the newcomers.

“I would tell them to always take every class they can take. Every opportunity they can get for education, go ahead. It strengthens their ability to lead this department in the future, which is what we're looking for,” said Givens.

City leaders say it's not uncommon for Givens to show up while off duty to lend a hand at an accident.

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