Jay Weyers, a fire apparatus operator (FAO) at Lincoln Fire & Rescue Station 14, has been named “Firefighter of the Year” by Lincoln Fire & Rescue and the Lincoln East Rotary Club.
His nominator, Division Chief Kendall Warnock, cited Weyers’ dedication to his FAO position and his drive to improve the apparatus that all firefighters depend on.
“As FAO, he not only completes his daily duties with a high level of expertise, but consistently identifies potential problems and corrects them before they become a major issue,” Warnock said.
In addition to serving as a practical skills test evaluator for FAO certification and recertification, Weyers has served on many committees such as Apparatus Specification and Peer Review.
“He dedicates a lot of his days off to work in the Lincoln Fire & Rescue shop,” Warnock said. “He is instrumental in the ambulance remount projects and setup of new apparatus, as well as assisting with the maintenance of the entire LFR fleet.
“He is not only an excellent fire apparatus operator, he also fills an important role within the Logistics Division at Lincoln Fire & Rescue.”
In the last few years, Weyers has taken time to complete testing to become certified to work on firetrucks and ambulances.
“Jay consistently shows a tremendous work ethic and can-do attitude,” Warnock said. “He has saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, and that makes him a pretty rich man. I am humbled to know and work with firefighter Weyers. He no doubt makes people around him better.”