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Nashville’s 2015 Fireman of the Year


The winner of the 2015 Fireman of the Year award for the Nashville VFD is one of the newer members who has obviously impressed his peers.

Andrew Westfall chosen by secret ballot of department members.

No one is nominated; fireman get a blank piece of paper and write down the name of the person they feel deserves the award the most for the preceding 12 months. The forms are handed in, counted, and the name mentioned the most is the winner.

Westfall works at Tyson Foods. He and his wife, Regina, have three children and one on the way, according to fire chief Jerry Harwell.

It’s not easy to become a member of the volunteer department which was founded in 1924 and has served continuously. New members are voted in as vacancies become open. One veteran explains that the tradition means VFD aspirants must “lobby” active fireman and get to know them. The department is limited to 21 members, and that number was only increased by four members about 15 years ago when several new vehicles were added to the department.

Other awards presented at the department’s annual Christmas party included: Mat Smith, a silver 15-year service pin; and department captains Jimmy Mixon and Hayden Worthington who received gold 20-year service pins. Terry Ray received the attendance award.

Jerry Harwell is the city’s fire marshal and is also the fire chief.

Since the Fireman of the Year Award was started, winners have been:

1987 Roy Blakely

1988 James Daniel

1989 Terry Ray

1990 James Dyer

1991 Cliff Petty

1992 Ronny Woods

1993 Jerry Harwell

1994 Cliff Petty

1995 Roy Blakely

1996 Jimmy Mixon

1997 Bobby Chambers

1998 Jimmy Mixon

1999 Joe Dallas

2000 Gary Funderburk

2001 Alfred Neeley

2002 Matt Smith

2003 Mike Kinkade

2004 Terry Ray

2005 Matt Smith

2006 Jeff Westfall

2007 Jeff Westfall

2008 Jimmy Mixon

2009 Jeff Westfall

2010 Jeff Westfall

2011 Jeff Westfall

2012 Josh Worley

2013 Josh Worley

2014 Russell Sparks

2015 Andrew Westfall

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