Palm Coast - The Flagler-Palm Coast Kiwanis Club has named Palm Coast Driver Engineer Patrick Juliano its 2019 Firefighter of the Year.

Juliano, a veteran firefighter with more than 17 years of service, joined the Palm Coast Fire Department in 2006 as a Volunteer Firefighter. He was hired as a career firefighter in 2008. After a brief hiatus in which he served two years as the Northeast Florida Regional Manager for Florida's Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, he returned back to the Palm Coast Fire Department in 2017. He was promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer in 2018 and is currently on the lieutenant's list for future promotion.

Juliano previously served with the Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corp in 2001 in Eastchester, New York. He obtained his paramedic certification in 2009 from Daytona State College and firefighter certifications in 2007. He's also earned a bachelor of science in Public Administration from Flagler College and a master's degree in Public Administration from Barry University. He is also certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer. He lives in Palm Coast with his family.

Above and beyond his duties as a Driver Engineer, Juliano eagerly accepted the role as the Public Information Officer for the fire department. He coordinates public communication, social media, public engagement and media inquiries. In times of emergencies, he is the lead communications officer for public messaging. Additionally, he serves as Commander of the Fire Department Honor Guard and coordinates the patriotic ceremonies at Heroes Memorial Park.  Lastly, he was most recently elected President of the Palm Coast Professional Firefighters Local 4807.

Juliano was selected for this award by the fire department command staff because of his commitment to excellence with the Public Information Officer program and for greatly enhancing residents' quality of life through the department's community engagement, public education and public messaging.

"Driver Engineer Juliano works closely with our fire department command staff and our city communications and marketing division in assuring high-quality information is shared with our community," said Fire Captain Tom Ascone, who nominated Juliano for the award. "Patrick is innovative in ways of sharing our messaging, building our community reputation and ensuring that our citizens receive the right information at the right time."

The Flagler-Palm Coast Kiwanis Club has been a local chapter of Kiwanis International for the past 40 years. This annual award is given to local firefighters during National Fire Prevention Week to recognize them for their service, dedication and commitment to their communities. The award was presented by Kiwanis Chapter President Dr. Maria Barbosa, a Flagler County School Board Member, and Awards Chairman Frank Consentino. Also attending the awards presentation were Capt. Ascone and Lt. Poeira.

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