Ro­tary names Sean Mccarthy fire­fighter of the year

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - FRONT PAGE - BY GLEN WHIFFEN glen.whiffen@thetele­gram.com

As a fire­fighter, Sean Mccarthy will bravely face the bel­low­ing flames on any call and do what­ever he can to save peo­ple and pro­tect prop­erty. He’s a team player and a great sup­port to his co-fire­fight­ers.

Off duty, he can al­ways be counted upon to vol­un­teer for char­ity or com­mu­nity work that the St. John’s Re­gional Fire Depart­ment is in­volved in. He will al­ways join co-work­ers in events that will rep­re­sent the fire depart­ment, such as fire­fighter com­bat chal­lenges and the Royal St. John’s Re­gatta.

Put a mi­cro­phone be­fore him, how­ever, and he’ll try to shy away.

Mccarthy is a man whose ac­tions speak much louder than his words.

That is why he was an­nounced as this year’s Ro­tary Fire­fighter of the Year dur­ing a lun­cheon Thurs­day in St. John’s.

Sherry Col­ford, chief of the St. John’s Re­gional Fire Depart­ment, read out part of a long list of the vol­un­teer work Mccarthy is in­volved in. She said he is a mem­ber oth­ers strive to em­u­late.

“Sean is a very quiet un­der­the-radar in­di­vid­ual. He is well­re­spected in our depart­ment by all the fire­fight­ers and by all of us,” Col­ford said. “He loves

to serve his com­mu­nity, and he is one of the first who steps up. Peo­ple look to him as an ex­am­ple of what they want to be able to do for our depart­ment.

“Our fire­fight­ers come to work ev­ery day and do their job. But they also step out­side that job and say they want to do more for the com­mu­nity, and Sean is one of those prime ex­am­ples.”

The Ro­tary Club of St. John’s cre­ated the award in 2015 to rec­og­nize ex­em­plary com­mu­nity ser­vice in the per­for­mance of fire­fight­ers’ du­ties. The club says the com­mu­nity work of fire­fight­ers goes be­yond the pro­tec­tion they pro­vide to res­i­dents, homes and busi­nesses through­out the re­gion.

The award in­cludes hav­ing the fire­fighter’s name en­graved

on a tro­phy and a per­sonal plaque.

Mccarthy, who is in his 13th year as a fire­fighter, said it is great to be ac­knowl­edged and ap­pre­ci­ated by co-work­ers, the depart­ment and the Ro­tary Club of St. John’s.

“To me a fire­fighter should be some­one who gives back to their com­mu­nity as much as they can,” Mccarthy said. “The ma­jor­ity of my vol­un­teer work goes through the St. John’s Re­gional Fire Depart­ment, so what­ever they are in­volved with, I try to get in­volved with as well.

“I think we all do our best. It just so hap­pens this year I was able to show up to a lot more things than years past.”

Mccarthy was nom­i­nated by fel­low fire­fighter Joe Quigley, who praised his friend’s char­ac­ter.

“Sean has the qual­i­ties I think ev­ery fire­fighter should have,” Quigley said. “When­ever he’s called upon, he shows up. He is al­ways the guy in the back­ground that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily see, but he’s al­ways there.”

Col­ford said the depart­ment ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­fort made by the Ro­tary Club of St. John’s each year to rec­og­nize fire­fight­ers.

“I think it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant fire­fight­ers are rec­og­nized by peo­ple out­side of our depart­ment,” she said. “We try to rec­og­nize them for cer­tain things they do, but the fact the pub­lic steps up and says, ‘We want to rec­og­nize you for the work that you do,’ I think means even more to them. It is some­one ex­ter­nal who says that they ap­pre­ci­ate that you are in our com­mu­nity and we want to rec­og­nize you for that.”

GLEN WHIFFEN/THE TELEGRAM

Sean Mccarthy of the St. John’s Re­gional Fire Depart­ment is pre­sented with the Ro­tary Fire­fighter of the Year Award Thurs­day by Lisa Sin­ton, pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of St. John’s. Mccarthy’s long list of vol­un­teer work out­side of the job is ad­mired and re­spected by fel­low fire­fight­ers, the depart­ment and the pub­lic.a

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