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COBB COUNTY FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
HERO OF THE MONTH

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FIREFIGHTER
CHRIS KENNEDY

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 4

2023 LIFE SAVING VALOR AWARD

  • FF Kennedy was travelling home on 285 after his shift at station 4.  He witnessed a Cadillac leave the roadway and contact a DOT sign.  FF Kennedy stopped to investigate and see if he could assist.  One other person stopped with him.  FF Kennedy did a quick size up and called 911 to report that a male was entangled inside the vehicle.  The other vehicle that stopped, left the scene leaving FF Kennedy by himself.  FF Kennedy noticed the Cadillac had caught fire and was threatening the occupant inside.  Fortunately, FF Kennedy had four fire extinguishers in his vehicle because of a part time job he had.  He utilized all these extinguishers to keep the fire at bay until Engine 5 could arrive on scene and deploy a hose line.  The male was successfully extricated by Truck 4 and treated at the hospital for his injuries from the crash.  The successful outcome of this call was greatly impacted by FF Kennedy’s quick selfless actions.

MARCH 2023

FIREFIGHTER
BEN HAUCK

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 3

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On demanding EMS calls, FF Hauck calmly executes his Advanced EMT skills.  

  • In the last year, E3 has achieved ROSC (Return of Spontaneous Circulation) on two cardiac arrests, thanks to excellent EMS teamwork and FF Hauck's unyielding CPR efforts.

  • Last Summer a thunderstorm filled afternoon put Cobb County in SIP "shelter in place".  E3 responded to a housefire. After arriving on scene with E3, FF Hauck pulled and flaked a handline alone, then immediately performed an effective fire attack. FF Hauck moved the hose through the house with very little additional help as the only other personnel on scene were busy with water supply, command, communication, and search efforts.  Shortly after extinguishing the fire, FF Hauck rescued a disoriented "smoke-drunk" house cat. The homeowners were grateful and relieved that their furry family member was safe.

BIO

  • Over the past year at Station 3, FF Hauck has been instrumental in building a stronger work ethic and fitness level.

  • His motivation is unmatched and he casually pushes the rest of the crew to eat better and work out more.

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FEBRUARY 2023

FIRE ENGINEER
MATT GRIZZLE

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 14

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Matt Grizzle is an Engineer/Paramedic at station 14 on C shift in Cobb County. 
    He is a vital member of the crew and has become one of the finest paramedics in the department. 

  • Grizzle has a passion for training and holds himself to a high standard of performance on fire scenes. He continually inspires the many probationary firefighters who have had the privilege of learning from him.

  • Engineer Grizzle has received a variety of awards for outstanding performance in his 9 year career.

  • He has been awarded multiple lifesaver awards for the successful resuscitation of patients during medical emergencies.
    Awarded multiple Unit Citations.
    2017 EMT of the Year.

BIO

  • Engineer Grizzle instructs EMT school on his off days preparing the next generation of prehospital care providers.

  • Enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

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JANUARY 2023

FIREFIGHTER
JARED SEED

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 30

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jared Seed has received a couple of life saving awards for cardiac arrests.  

  • He invests a significant amount of time with our recruit school Hose and Search working groups.  He is the lead instructor for Hose, and played a vital role in the Departments spring drill last year where we trained on the bulk load. 

  • He has also traveled to FDIC, where he assisted with instructing a class. 

  • Seed is an exceptional firefighter and paramedic, and devotes himself as a true student of the job.  

  • He also devotes himself and his time mentoring probationary firefighters when they come to the field.

BIO

  • Jared started with CCFES in 2017, but has been an employee with Cobb County since 2013.

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DECEMBER 2022

FIREFIGHER
ALEX TRENT

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 18

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alex is new with the department but has shown a lot of promise very early. 

  • He recently came off probation but is very motivated and is an intrical part of the team. 

  • He is a go-getter and has already finished all of the tasks and coursework necessary to complete AOP and become a relief driver. Furthermore, he strives to learn and train daily and completes his duties every shift. 

  • He just got the chance to pump his first car fire a few shifts ago and did a great job.

BIO

  • Alex is an Army veteran.

  • Alex has his first child on the way in just a couple weeks.

  • He works out daily and has a great attitude even though he has a lot on his mind with the new baby on the way.

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SEPTEMBER 2022

LIEUTENANT
JACOB CLARK

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 22

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lt. Clark spends time sharing his experiences, instructing, and giving back by teaching hundreds of our nations first responders from all over the world on how to handle the many complications of a hazardous materials response and WMD events. Lt. Clark has numerous experiences in incident command, leadership, mentorship, EMS, tactical response, JHAT strike response, administration, industrial firefighting, radiological response, EOD response, and professional instruction services. Lt. Clark has responded to numerous county incidents that include mass flooding, commercial and residential structure fires, hazardous material release of toxic industrial chemicals, interstate incidents involving chemical release, Preventative Terrorism sweeps at Truist park and Mercedes-Benz Stadiums. During these events Mr. Clark served various roles from tactical response supervisor to decon/entry leader to operation branch manager, to incident command. Several year ago while off duty celebrating Father's Day with his family, Lt. Clark found a neighbor unresponsive in cardiac arrest on the front driveway. Clark immediately activated the 911 system and began high quality CPR. Through exceptional leadership and advanced EMS skills, Clark was able to bring the man back to spontaneous circulation. This is an example of Clark's character on and off the job.

BIO

  • Bachelor’s degree in OSHA with an Associate in Fire Science.

  • 2007 to Present-Firefighter/EMT Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services.

  • Serves as a Lieutenant on the Tier 1 South East regional Hazardous Materials Response Team for Cobb County and has done so for almost 14 years.

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OCTOBER 2022

LIEUTENANT
NEIL ROBERSON

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 24

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lt. Neil Roberson started at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services in 1999.

  • Paramedic since 2002.

  • L.t Roberson has worked all over the county throughout his career spending most of his time on Medical Operations Team which serves all of Public safety (14 years).

  • He and his crew at Station 24, have been involved in several life saving events throughout the years. 

  • Most recently, Lt. Roberson was recognized on August 26th for leading efforts in the successful resuscitation of an adult male.

  • Neil was selected as one of seven leaders in our department to develop a Mentorship program for future stars in our organization. This developed in part from his presentation he did in Supervisory Development.

BIO

  • Neil serves his community as a Registered Nurse on his off days from the fire department.

  • For fun Neil is an avid Alabama fan Roll Tide!

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AUGUST 2022

FIRE ENGINEER
SAM ABERCROMBIE

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 4-2nd Battalion

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Routinely gives back to the community by passing out roses to women on Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day; purchasing and donating full backpacks at the beginning of each school year for children at local schools; and stopping for stranded motorists in need of a tire changes.

  • On an incident in early 2021, a citizen who could not walk on her own needed to move into another, more accessible, apartment in the complex and had no family or friends that could help her. Engineer Abercrombie thought outside-the-box and acquired a U-Haul box truck with a lift gate and moved her into her new apartment during the cold weather.

  • After an EMS Incident in the fall of 2021, Sam went the extra mile for an older couple to blow leaves off their large front porch to clear the surface for safer access.

  • Multiple times, Sam has fixed stranded apparatus in the field, quickly analyzing the issue, resolving the problem and saving a maintenance trip, and allowing the county to keep front-line apparatus in service.

BIO

  • 1994-Joined Douglas County Fire Dept.

  • 2000-Douglas County Fire Fighter of the Year.

  • 2001-Joined Cobb County Fire Dept.

  • 2002-Nominated by the North Cobb Rotary Club for an Award of Excellence along with his crew.

  • 2007-Nominated East Cobb Fire Fighter of the Year.

  • 2012-Received the Randy Lewis Award.

  • 2014-2019 Served as a Fire Apparatus Operator Instructor.

  • 2015-Present Serves as an Aerial Apparatus Operator Instructor.

  • 2015-2021-Served on the Metro Atlanta Fire Fighters Conference Committee.

  • 2016-Present-Serves as the Lead Tractor Drawn Aerial Instructor.

  • 2017-Present-Serves on the Tool and Apparatus Committee.

  • Presently stationed at Cobb Fire Station 4 on Truck (Tiller) 4

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JULY 2022

FIRE ENGINEER
DANIEL TRAPP

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 21-3rd Battalion

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daniel ensures fitness for duty is one of his highest priorities.  He has held the fastest time on the annual Physical Abilities Test (PAT) every year since he started with Cobb Fire.

  • Won the American Lung Association Atlanta Stair Climb for the past three years running '20, '21, and '22. 

  • Recently placed first in the Georgia Police and Fire Games in the Toughest Firefighter challenge June '22.

  • Recognized for saving a kitten from a storm drain in August '20.

  • Rescued a dog in an apartment fire in April '21.

  • He is in Paramedic school and is scheduled to graduate in August '22.

  • Adjunct instructor for Cobb Fire recruit classes and teaches regularly.

BIO

  • Prior to joining Cobb Fire and Emergency Services, Trapp was a member of the Rockdale County Fire Department.  He was a member of their Technical Rescue Team.

  • Daniel also works part time for Bartow County Fire.

  • Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. 

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JUNE 2022

FIRE ENGINEER
DAVID KLEIMAN

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 13

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 1992, he began his career as a Paramedic. Since the start of his career, he has received more than 40 life saving awards for confirmed cardiac arrest saves.

  • 2016-Received Paramedic of the Year award from the Daughters of The American Revolution.

  • 2021-Received a Unit Citation for life safety actions given at a motor vehicle crash on I75.

BIO

  • 1992-US ARMY Combat Medic with Second Armored Division out of Fort Hood, TX.

  • 2003 to 2015- Paramedic/Fire Lieutenant Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

  • 2015 to Present-Paramedic/ Fire Engineer for Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services.

  • 1997 to 2003-Paramedic for AMR Ambulance.

  • 2003 to 2010-Flight Paramedic for Air Rescue 1.

  • 2017 to Present-NASCAR Fire and Emergency Services.

  • Authored chapters in multiple EMS training books used throughout the United States.

  • Member of CCFES Medical Operations Team.

  • Develops EMS continuing education for CCEFES EMS Division.

  • EMT and Paramedic Instructor for the State of Georgia.

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MAY 2022

FF JEFF McCANN

COBB COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

STATION 8

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After Joining Cobb Fire FF McCann was sent to the 4th Battalion where he is currently stationed in Kennesaw at Station 8. FF McCann in addition to his duties as a firefighter is also a Member of the Departments Hazardous Materials team as well as its Aircraft crash rescue team.

  • In 2019 FF McCann entered a house fire and pulled a father of 2 out of the structure, saving him from the heat and smoke.

  • In February of 2020 FF McCann arrived on I75N to a 35 car wreck with 8 cars on fire with no tank water because of the distance all fire apparatus had to park away from the burning vehicles.  FF McCann using only a few water cans and what extinguishers that he could find was able to keep the fire off of the squad crew attempting to free a trapped driver and prevented burning fuel from running down the road and igniting other vehicles. His actions kept the fire from spreading to other uninvolved vehicles until we could get the road clear for more trucks to bring water to the scene. ​

BIO​​​​

  • Prior to Joining Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter Jeff McCann served in the US Army 82nd Airborne unit.

  • Being a firefighter is also a family affair for McCann who has a brother who is a Firefighter in Florida.

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