DUNEDIN, FL (Aug 19, 2017) – The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) named Justin Ascherman of the Dunedin Fire Department the recipient of its 2017 “First Responder Award.” The award was created this year to recognize a Pinellas County firefighter/paramedic for their unselfish service to the community.
The award was presented at the PCREC Summer Sizzler BBQ held at the Dunedin Country Club. Presenting the award was State Representative Chris Sprowls.
Justin Ascherman’s biographical sketch includes:
In the firefighting line of work, you are expected to perform at a high level of awareness and professionalism and do so through training and education. It is done to further oneself and to help the public in their time of need. All take pride in what they do, and sometimes it’s the little things that the public doesn’t see that they do not get recognition for. For example, the endless hours of training, the lack of sleep, the hours spent away from families, and the stresses encountered from this type of work, all to ensure that the lives and safety of the public are kept. They carry each other through the rough times and mentor the ones who are new. This is the attitude and professionalism of a truly great firefighter and that is why Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Ascherman deserves this recognition.
Justin has been a loyal firefighter with the city of Dunedin for the past ten years and during that time he has become a driver/engineer for both the engine and truck companies. Having spent many years boating in the area and obtaining his marine Captain’s license, he was credited as being one of the first boat operators for the newly acquired Dunedin Fire/EMS/Rescue boat and has trained multiple people to become boat operators as well.
Justin just recently aided the fire department’s training division by helping design and
construct a ventilation/confined space prop. This allows firefighters to practice hazardous operating skills in controlled situations. Firefighter Ascherman has furthered himself by taking extra courses to pursue his officer’s certification and will be taking his state certification test soon. This is a perfection example of well deserving firefighter and we should all praise his hard work and dedication.
So, as a small token of our appreciation, PCREC provided him with a check and plaque
that bears his name as the first “First Responder” and includes the motto:
“These things we do
that others may live”
Justin was accompanied to the presentation with his wife and two sons, along with Dunedin Shift Supervisor Dewayne Fast.
The PCREC is the governing body for Republican activity in Pinellas County. Their web site is located at: http://www.pinellasrepublican.org/