Dan King named 2017 Hillsboro firefighter of the year
The head of the Hillsboro Fire Department's nonprofit Random Acts has been named the district's firefighter of the year.
Dan King, an emergency medical technician and engineer with the department, will receive the award Tuesday, March 13, during the Hillsboro American Legion Post 6's annual firefighter appreciation dinner.
In a statement released last week, the city said King received the award because of his "many and unfailing contributions to the department."
King has been a firefighter in the city since 2010. In addition to his work as a firefighter, King works to train new recruits and serves on committees within the department focused on maintaining proper tools and equipment for firefighters.
King is vice president of the Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts, which performs acts of kindness around the city. Since 2006, the organization has been raising money to lend a hand to families across the city. The group has purchased car seats for families, helped people with mobility issues with yard work and repaired the roof of a home which caught fire. King runs the organization's Toy & Joy program. The annual drive donates thousands of toys, food and other items to families in need each winter.
"Dan King exemplifies professionalism and excellence in his service to the community as a Hillsboro firefighter," Hillsboro Fire Chief David Downey said in a news release. "He inspires us through his commitment to continuously helping others, and he is well deserving of the award."