Firefighter Dale Reed wins our First Responder Hero Award

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DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) – Getting praise from the boss is always a good feeling, but getting that same recognition from your fellow workers is even more satisfying.

That’s the way Dale Reed felt when he was named Dalton’s Firefighter of the Year.

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Tonight, we add another honor for Dale.

He’s our First Responder of the month.

Here’s Bill Mitchell.

The Dalton Fire Department Facebook page says Firefighter Engineer Dale Reed..”.. sets the example for others to follow and is humble in his approach and demeanor. For all of these reasons, Engineer Reed has been voted on by his peers as the 2019 Firefighter of the Year.”

Dale has been at the fire department for 8 years. He says a cousin, who later died of cancer, is responsible for his career choice .

“I was always on a team…played baseball in college, played in high school and he always drilled that into me…about this is a brotherhood, this is a team…and to try it out.”

Dale was a volunteer firefighter before he became a Dalton firefighter 8 years ago.
During that time he has proven to be a valuable asset through his tireless work ethic, and drive to become a better firefighter.

“I don’t know, I feel like everybody does the same job, you know, so a career, livelihood of this..I just try to put you know everything I have into it when I’m here…I think everybody else does the same.”

Chief Todd Pangle tells us “Firefighter of the year can be for one single incident, or a combination of incidents and just your everyday work ethic. And for Dale, talking with his officers, it’s his work ethic along with the fact that he was a party to two unit citations that we gave over the past 12 months.”

Chief Pangle says Dale is credited with saving a woman who was caught in an apartment fire and saving a man who was caught in flood waters.

Dale adds “somebody walked up to you and said…by the way, you won! Laugh Yes, Chief did..got an email said..congratulations!!,

So, we’d like to join with the staff at the Dalton Fire Department in adding our congratulations to Engineer Dale Reed by naming him our First Responder of the Month.

JAMES WETTERMARK “First Responders are not just the professionals who save our lives, put out fires, and stop crime,,,they are also our neighbors. Its an honor on behalf of Wettermark and Keith to honor these first responders.”

In Dalton, Bill Mitchell News 12 now.