The Ludowici/Long County Fire Department named Ronnie Deloach its firefighter of the year at the department’s annual Christmas party last week at First Baptist Church of Ludowici.
Chief Richard Truman presented a plaque to Deloach for being selected.
“I sure didn’t expect this,” Deloach said. “I’m very honored to receive this award.”
Truman said Deloach was selected for his professionalism and community service. The chief said Deloach’s assignments include picking up the fire truck at the station when firefighters are called to a fire. Once at a fire, Deloach operates the apparatus and assists the other firefighters.
“We looked at several people on the department, but felt that none deserve this more than Ronnie, he always does a good job as a firefighter, but he also is a great asset in the community,” Truman said.
After everyone enjoyed a meal, Truman and Assistant Chief Tyler Hall also gave out flashlights, T-shirts and Polo shirts to the other firefighters. Hall said the department has 17 part-time firefighters, 23 volunteers, and six inmate firefighters from Long State Prison.
Gerald Blocker, president of the Long County Protective Services Auxiliary, presented a $500 check to Truman to help pay for the party.
Truman thanked both the firefighters for their service and their families for supporting them.
“I appreciate all of you for what you do, but I also thank all of you family members for supporting your spouse or your significant other, it takes a lot to be a firefighter and they couldn’t do it without your support,” Truman said.