Courtesy Milton Fire Department
Fire Apparatus Operator Richard Bushman was named the City of Milton Fire-Rescue Department's 2013 "Firefighter of the Year" at the agency's awards banquet in January.
Additionally, the members of his Engine 42 B shift, including last year's winner, Capt. Ryan James, Fire Apparatus Operator Tim Murray and firefighter Russell Womack, were named Fire Company of the Year.
The 25-year fire service veteran and married father was chosen for the honor not on a single incident, but for his outstanding achievements, character and dedication.
Bushman joined the City of Milton in 2011 after a long and varied career. He began fighting fires part-time in Ellerslie, outside of Columbus, in 1989, then served in Fulton County from 1996 to 2006.
He spent five years traveling across the Southeast teaching industrial emergency response in private industry before deciding to return to firefighting in Johns Creek.