Air Force Staff Sgt. Zechariah T. Engwall has been named the 2012 Department of Defense Firefighter of the Year and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal as a result.

Selection was based on the individual’s exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support.

Engwall is a firefighter assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. He has served in the military for three years.

He is the son of Todd R. and Sandra L. Engwall of Lebanon and is the son-in-law of Randall Adams of Mount Angel.

He is a 2007 graduate of East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon.

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