2012 Firefighter of the Year promoted to lieutenant
The Forest Lake Fire Department honored Sean Thomas as 2012 Firefighter of the Year at a recent dinner.
The following is from the citation read at the event:
“Sean Thomas has proven time and time again that he is a major asset to the department. He is active in most every important project we initiate. He is always there to add a hand and volunteer to participate in a variety of our programs and missions.
As a member of the board of directors of the department’s relief association, he has shared his in-depth knowledge of finances and investing. Because of him and his fellow board members, the department has prospered when other organizations have struggled with their finance management.
Most importantly, Sean is an outstanding firefighter who has displayed the grit and courage necessary to face our most challenging responses. He is often on the first-out engine and consequently part of the first crew in. He has demonstrated outstanding tactical knowledge and technical expertise in the face of many difficult situations. He is not afraid to take the initiative and make the decisions necessary to mitigate a hazardous situation.
His demonstrated leadership abilities have resulted in a promotion to lieutenant. We believe the best is yet to come for, and from, Lieutenant Thomas.”