Column: Firefighter finally gets what he deserves: honored by his peers

RICK MLODZIK HOLDS a plaque bearing his photo after being recognized by his professional peers as the Ripon Area Fire District’s Firefighter of the Year. submitted photo

... Anyone who runs into a burning building while everyone else is running out must be revered.

So, how might a person choose one in particular to emulate?

Ask those who know best: fellow firefighters.

This is how Rick Mlodzik of the Ripon Area Fire District (RAFD) was named Firefighter of the Year.

Chosen by his peers, Rick was honored not necessarily for one particularly good year, but for the body of work that encompasses his entire career. The firefighters voted on the honor at their first meeting of the year.

And, as one finds out after asking those who know, Rick’s done much in his 23 years on the department.

Read the entire column in the Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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