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Farmington Hills Fire Department Announces Top Awards

Five firefighters have been honored for contributions above and beyond their regular duties.

Farmington Hills Fire Chief Corey Bartsch is proud of all members of his department, but some have earned special honors this year. 

“A few of our members stood out among the rest," Bartsch said, "and are rightfully being honored for their dedication and actions, above and beyond what is expected of their position.”

Shift Lieutenant Jason Olszewski has been named “Firefighter of the Year” and “Career Firefighter of the Year”.  The married father of five is an 11-year veteran of the department.

“He is active in just about every aspect of our department,” Bartsch said. “He is a mid-level supervisor, works with the Emergency Preparedness Commission, is a member of our Honor Guard, worked as a fire investigator, is currently taking numerous courses toward his Fire Science degree and goes home to his wife and five young children each night. That’s about as busy as any schedule you’ll find.”

Paid-on-call firefighters honored for their efforts include:

  • Station One Firefighter of the Year - Lieutenant Jim Donovan
  • Station Two Firefighter of the Year - Firefighter Matt Stempin
  • Station Three Firefighter of the Year - Sergeant Matt Schiffman
  • Station Four Firefighter of the Year - Firefighter Aaron Berwick

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