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Eric Keim named firefighter of year

Deputy Fire Chief Scott Malone (left) presents the Firefighter of the Year award to Eric Keim during a March 10 ceremony at American Legion Post 6 in Hillsboro. Hillsboro firefighter and paramedic Eric Keim has been selected by his peers as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Keim’s selection was announced March 10.

The award is given annually to an individual who “best exemplifies the characteristics of a firefighter and who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements.”

The characteristics are not restricted to heroic actions, but encompass all aspects of professionalism, dedication and positive impact on the fire department and the community.

Keim joined the Hillsboro Fire Department in March 2008 as a firefighter/paramedic.

In addition to his firefighter duties in Hillsboro, Keim served as an emergency services training officer from 2012 to 2014, focusing on ways to improve cardiac arrest save rates within the city of Hillsboro by providing hands-on training simulations to fellow firefighters.

“Eric Keim consistently demonstrates all of the qualities Hillsboro Fire & Rescue is known for: quality customer service, a strong work ethic, teamwork, outside-the-box thinking and professionalism in every aspect of his job,” said Hillsboro Fire Deputy Chief Scott Malone during a March 10 award presentation ceremony at the Hillsboro American Legion Post 6.

“He is truly deserving of this recognition. We are all better at saving lives thanks to Eric.”

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