Fire Chief Rick Horton said that honor went to Fire Lt. Steve Bildzok, II, whose contributions to the fire department have been integral.
"Lieutenant Bildzok has taken his new officer position very seriously and is doing a fine job," said Horton. "I have watched Steve grow as a firefighter and I expect the same to continue as a fire officer.
"The last couple of years have been very eventful for Steve," Horton continued. "He got married, became a father, then a fire officer and now has been named Firefighter of the Year by his peers.
"Our firefighters have taken notice of Steve, as have our other officers," he said.
"Along with Steve getting Firefighter of the Year and a visit from Santa Claus for the children, we had some really good food and a chance to sit down and talk with our fire department families," Horton said. "It was a great time."
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.