Firefighters Benjamin Schultz and Bianca Clements were recognized for their efforts in 2019.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 12, 2019) --
During this year’s Firefighter Awards Breakfast, Benjamin Schultz and Bianca Clements, two firefighters with the West Palm Beach Fire Department, were recognized as 2019 Firefighter of the Year and as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award respectively. The firefighters were recognized at an annual breakfast held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on October 29,2019. The event was hosted by the Chamber of the Commerce of the Palm Beaches in honor of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County firefighters.
The Firefighter of the Year award honors an individual for their outstanding capabilities, a steadfast work ethic and for continuously going above and beyond their typical job description. Firefighter Schultz was chosen as this year’s recipient for his commitment to not only protecting the West Palm Beach community but for also playing an active role in ensuring his colleagues’ safety. Often described by his peers as a role model and motivator, he spends his free time researching and testing fire safety equipment to verify they’re at optimal standards for the benefit of his crew.
As the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award, Firefighter Clements has proven that her dedication to safety doesn’t end when she’s off-duty. She has spent countless hours leading Mayor Keith James’ initiative of providing “Stop the Bleed” training to every city employee. Her efforts have helped the City of West Palm Beach become a forerunner in educating civilians on how they can save lives in the event of a disaster. Additionally, she has committed herself to educating future first responders at the college and high school level. As an instructor with Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Lakes and Wellington High Schools, she has inspired many aspiring firefighters in fire academy-type programs with her extensive knowledge and firsthand experience.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Firefighters Shultz and Clements,” said Mayor James. “They represent the true spirit of the West Palm Beach Fire Department in its mission to reduce the community’s level of risk to life, property and the environment. I applaud these firefighters for their dedicated service to our residents and business.”
“Many of Firefighter Shultz’s and Clements’ peers nominated them for these awards, because of their ongoing commitment to improving our services,” said West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty. “This is truly an award that reflects the respect they have earned from their fellow firefighters.”
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The 230 employees of the City of West Palm Beach Fire Department respond to more than 27,000 calls for service each year. The agency operates out of nine stations that cover a +55 square miles area.
To learn more about the West Palm Beach Fire Department, please visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Fire-Rescue/Overview
PHOTO CAPTION: WPB Firefighter Benjamin Schultz, WPBFD Chief Diana Matty, WPB Firefighter Bianca Clements