Firefighter of the Year

Watts Josh
Josh Watts is the 2018 Firefighter of the year for the Gastonia Fire Department.
Below are written remarks from Chief Welch:

Josh brings a whole new level of dedication into the fire department.  He is constantly taking new classes, and works to improve his already sharp skills.  He is motivated and is a motivator.  He leaves “no stone unturned” when checking the apparatus and equipment.  He wants everything to operate as perfect as possible.  Josh volunteers with the Gaston County fire explorers.  He does this to ensure that the future county firefighters are being trained correctly.  He is a role model for them, and works hard to help them.  Josh is also a volunteer firefighter with the Union Road Fire Department.  He is a lieutenant there, and is very active within that department.  Also, Josh volunteers his time with the Boy scouts.  Josh is an eagle scout.  Josh Watts is one of the most dedicated and hardest working firefighters I know.  He takes extreme pride in our trade, and constantly trains to improve himself.  Josh also goes above the norm to make sure that the people we serve are taken care of on calls.  He is the type of firefighter that everyone needs on their truck.  I believe he is most deserving of being firefighter of the year.


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