Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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December 24, 2012

Roosevelt Smith named firefighter of year

Cordele —  Crisp County’s firefighter of the year is Roosevelt Smith.  He has been with Crisp County Fire Rescue since December of 1983, thus giving him over 29 years of service. 

In choosing the firefighter of the year, Chief Ray Lunsford says Smith has done his job well and made a difference.  “Whether it was his military training, his dedication to the job, or just his desire to do a good job, Roosevelt has made it a practice to be prompt to work, do his work well, and try to better this department in everything assigned.”

Fellow officers say with his good personality and positive attitude, Smith always is able to make conversation and provide an uplifting thought to get the day started. 

He often can be heard singing low to himself as he works, and everyone who works beside him knows that he is doing his work “unto the Lord God.”

Smith exhibits an old fashioned, yet desirable work ethic that many others should emulate, says Lunsford. “His untiring desire to finish his assigned task early and allow himself time to apply energy to other jobs, makes the workday go fast. 

“He delights in working on different tasks, but is especially pleased to be called upon for those things he knows how to do best.  When new ideas have been advanced, he is quick to develop them and extend their use to enhance our department. 

“When I first came to Crisp County, I had called and retrieved the dimensions of a product to use for bracing with the Hurst Tool. I gave this information to Roosevelt and he had one fashioned and on our trucks before the week’s end. We still use this product today. 

“I once ordered a blade for the windshield saw and handed it to Roosevelt. He produced a finished saw, almost like the manufactured ones, within three days. We still use it today. 

“These two items alone have saved the county hundreds of dollars already and will continue to do so.”

Continuing, Lunsford added, “Roosevelt has worked hard to assist and be a part of everything that is going on in our department, from the smoke detector program, house numbers and anything else he sees that might benefit us. 

“Roosevelt has worked this year, as he has in the past, to promote, upgrade and improve our department to help make it one of the state’s best. Talented, creative and dedicated employees like Captain Smith are hard to find.  His skills are valuable and he is a true asset to our department.”

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