Vote For Your Favorite Firefighter

Each team of firefighters participating in our Fight For Air Climb on February 1, 2020 has the opportunity to nominate one member of their team for Top Firefighter.  Each firefighter represents the best of their noble profession and is a competitor in the Jacksonville Fight For Air Climb.  We invite you to learn more about our firefighters and to vote for your favorite….or favorites.  Each $10 donation allows you to  place one vote and you may vote as frequently as you like.

The winner will receive an exclusive prize, plus a breakfast at his/her station, prepared and served by the American Lung Association staff. We will announce our winner at the Climb.


  1. Benjie


Climb Team Name: N/A

Fire Department: City of Smyrna, Georgia

How many years have you been a firefighter? 23 years full time for the City of Smyrna, Georgia and 18 years part time (concurrently) for the neighboring City of Austell, Georgia

Why did you choose to become a firefighter and what do you love most about the job? “For me, becoming a firefighter was a childhood dream, and there are many things I love about my job. Firefighters work a full 24 hour shift, spending morning, evening, and night together, which actually makes us more like a family. As firefighters we train and apply a variety of life saving skills including firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, extrication, and rope rescue. However, what I love the most about my job is helping anyone who truly needs help. At a year and a half away from age 60, I’m still living the dream!”

Tell us 2 or 3 unique/fun/interesting things about yourself:

  • I began participating in stair climbs when the Fight For Air program came to Atlanta in 2007. To date I’ve participated in 45 climbs, including 32 Fight For Air, 11 Firefighter Memorials, and 2 World Police & Fire Games.
  • I love coffee, black and steaming hot!
  • I also enjoying spending time off with my wife, children, and grandchildren.