Birm­ing­ham named Bryant FF of the Year

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

Long­time Bryant fire­fighter James Birm­ing­ham Jr. was named Fire­fighter of the Year dur­ing a re­cent depart­ment Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion.

Birm­ing­ham said he was sur­prised by the honor and that it felt good to be rec­og­nized by his peers know­ing they have faith in him.

Birm­ing­ham has been a

Bryant fire­fighter for 12 years. In Septem­ber, he was pro­moted to the rank of cap­tain.

At the pro­mo­tion cer­e­mony, Chief J.P. Jor­dan told the crowd that cap­tains are re­spon­si­ble for the pa­per­work, build­ings, equip­ment and fire­fight­ers at their re­spec­tive sta­tion.

Birm­ing­ham told The Saline Courier that he be­came a fire­fighter af­ter get­ting the idea from a neigh­bor.

“It seemed kind of fun at the time,” Birm­ing­ham said.

His fa­ther was also a vol­un­teer fire­fighter in Morn­ing Star. Birm­ing­ham vol­un­teered with the same depart­ment for about 10 years, he said.

Birm­ing­ham said he has en­joyed the ca­ma­raderie among the fire­fight­ers.

Dur­ing his time as a Bryant fire­fighter, Birm­ing­ham has re­sponded to a va­ri­ety of calls from good to bad. He said he likes as­sist­ing in­di­vid­u­als dur­ing med­i­cal calls.

Jor­dan had lots of kind words to share about Birm­ing­ham.

“Cap­tain Birm­ing­ham was an ex­cel­lent choice for Fire­fighter of the Year,” Jor­dan said. “He is truly a valu­able as­set to our depart­ment and has re­ally shown great lead­er­ship and mo­ti­va­tion as a Cap­tain. He is very much a role model for oth­ers to look to.”

Out­side of work, Birm­ing­ham said he likes to stay busy. He en­joys build­ing things and spend­ing time with fam­ily.

Birm­ing­ham and his wife Kris­ten have a daugh­ter, Bai­ley, 8.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Bryant Fire Chief J.P. Jor­dan, left, presents Cap­tain James Birm­ing­ham with the 2019 Fire­fighter of the Year Award.

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