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Volunteer first responder up for prizes
You can vote for RFD Assistant Chief Dennis Fitzgerald on America's Most Wanted Web page, . Click on the All Star link in the upper right of the page. Then put his name in the Search All Nominees area near the top center. - photo by Photo off Web
Liberty County has a first responder in the running for America's Most Wanted All Star contest.
If Dennis Fitzgerald, assistant chief of the Riceboro Fire Dpeartment, wins he would receive $10,000 and a weekend at a NASCAR race in Charlotte in May.
He is among 126 police, fire, EMS and other workers and volunteers across the country who are expected to respond quickly when someone calls for help.
Nominations for the contest closed in February and five of the eight weekly finalists, who will be considered for the grand prize, have already been selected.
Here is what whoever nominated Fitzgerald wrote of him:
"Being a firefighter is not just a job to Assistant Chief Dennis Fitzgerald, it means reaching out to his community. When Chief Fitzgerald started in 1965, he knew that he wanted to be involved in his community. He was influence by his father and uncles who were volunteer firefighters. After the military, Chief Fitzgerald followed in his family footsteps joined volunteer firefighter department. He felt that this would give him the ability to help others not only in need but in so many other ways. Outside of his firefighting duties, Chief Fitzgerald is an active member of the American Legion, the American Red Cross, and other civic associations in his community. He also has participated in safety breaks conducted on Interstate 95. As the father of seven and the grandfather of nineteen grandchildren, Chief Fitzgerald is always there at the call of duty. According to the nominator ‘He is an all-around good guy with an all-star heart.'"
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