City firefighter receives top honors

Published 11:52 am Thursday, June 1, 2023

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JOHNSON CITY – A Johnson City firefighter has received two statewide recognitions. On Saturday, June 17, Johnson City Fire Department Driver Engineer Marshall Hardy will receive the American Legion Firefighter of the Year Award in Murfreesboro. This acknowledgement follows the Veterans of Foreign Wars presenting Hardy with the State of Tennessee VFW Firefighter of the Year commendation.

These honors recognize public servants who go above and beyond in their profession achieving excellence through leadership and a dedication to those they serve.

District Chief William Sanders nominated Hardy for the VFW award citing his commitment to firefighting and the community he serves.

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“Marshall genuinely cares about the job he does and the people around him. He is always striving to be better for himself and those he serves with,” said Sanders.

Hardy is a six-year veteran of the Johnson City Fire Department. Since joining the department, he has promoted new assessment standards for firefighter physical conditioning and operational readiness.

Among his many accomplishments, Hardy is a certified aerial operator, pumper operator, fire instructor, and advanced emergency medical technician. Hardy serves outside of the Johnson City Fire Department by volunteering with the West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department.

“It is an honor to be able to work alongside a true servant to the community like Driver Engineer Marshall Hardy,” said Fire Chief David Bell. “Marshall truly demonstrates what it is to be a servant to the community by leading by example.”