Palm Coast, Florida - Palm Coast Firefighter-Paramedic Julie Rivera has been named 2017 Firefighter of the Year by the Flagler County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The Chapter's 2017 Fire Safety Commendation Medal was presented to Rivera at her duty station, Station 22, this week.

A firefighter with the Palm Coast Fire Department since 2015, Rivera was selected for excellence in service and for her involvement in many of the department's infrastructure programs. She is engaged with the Fire Department's Information Technology Team and Communications Team, ensuring that critical department infrastructure needs are being met and maintained. Rivera did her firefighter and paramedic training at First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine.

The Sons of the American Revolution conducts its awards program annually. The organization is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit organization. The Flagler Chapter was organized in 1984, and the members are descendants of those early Americans who served in the Revolutionary War and established the United States. Its main goals are to maintain and preserve the institutions of American freedom, to promote patriotism, and to provide recognition for outstanding public service.

Fire Safety and Service has evolved into a highly technical and skilled profession requiring constant study and training to stay abreast of the latest developments in firefighting and, most importantly, the preservation of life and property.

"Firefighter Rivera was selected for the award by the Fire Department command staff for her willingness to go above and beyond and for her enthusiasm for the fire service," said Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle. "We appreciate the Sons of the American Revolution for recognizing her dedication, skill and talent as this year's Firefighter of the Year."

Attending the awards presentation were David Kelsey, Awards Chairman for the Flagler Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Chapter President Randall Morris, Fire Chief Mike Beadle, Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Forte, Battalion Chief Mark Valentik, Capt. Gary Potter, Lt. Rich Cline, Lt. Andrew Woolwine, Firefighter Omar Kanaan and Rivera's parents. Rivera lives in Palm Coast with her three children and nephew.

For more information, contact the Palm Coast Fire Department at 386-986-2300.