Captain Drew Bridges of Cornelius Fire Department recognized by Lake Norman Chamber as Firefighter of the Year

Published Monday, October 30, 2017 1:00 am
by (Bill Russell)

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Our North Mecklenburg Firefighters were recognized recently at a luncheon held by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on October 19th. The 12th Annual Public Safety Luncheon was held at NorthStone Country Club and attended by slightly more than 80 business and elected leaders.

Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis joined Cornelius Deputy Fire Chief Barbee along with Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann and Chamber President Bill Russell.

Recognized by the Chamber of Commerce was Captain Drew Bridges.

Chief Neil Smith writes, ?As Chief of Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue, I would like to recognize Captain Drew Bridges for his outstanding service to our community. He started as a volunteer firefighter with CLFR in 2005, tirelessly serving our community for the last 12 years. Drew also works as a professional firefighter with Denver Fire Department and previously served as a paramedic in Mecklenburg and Lincoln County. He has dedicated the majority of his life making sure the residents of his community are safe.

Drew?s ability to lead has been recognized by his peers. He currently serves in the position of Captain. In this position he has excelled in handling the day to day operations. He maintains the apparatus, equipment, scheduling, computers, emergency reporting, and assists with training. Through Drew?s hard work, we are able to function properly and maintain a high level of service to our community. He is a vital part of our department and I am proud of his dedication to our department and community.

The Lake Norman Chamber, and our nearly 1,000 business members, congratulates Captain Drew Bridges.

The program was Presented by Wells Fargo Bank. Sponsors included Lake Norman Publications - The Herald Weekly, WSIC 100.7 FM, and Central Piedmont Community College - Merancas Campus.

Photo courtesy of John McHugh / Ocaid Photography.