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Firefighter of the Year

We are pleased each year to honor the public servants who educate the children of our community and who keep us safe. This is an annual tradition for our club and a meaningful tribute to these professions. At a breakfast meeting in May each year, we pay tribute to the city's public safety professionals, especially those singled out for special recognition due to "above and beyond the call" performance.

October 14, 2016

Lt. Jamie Neufeld Chosen as American Legion and
Optimist Club Fire Fighter of the Year

Lieutenant Jamie Neufeld of the Farmington Hills Fire Department was honored as the 2016 American Legion Farmington Post #346 Fire Fighter of the Year and also as the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Fire Fighter of the Year. The American Legion presented their award at the annual ceremony held on September 11 in downtown Farmington. The Optimist Club presented their award at the group’s weekly meeting on October 12.

Lt. Neufeld is a 24-year veteran of the Farmington Hills Fire Department. He was first hired as a paid on-call fire fighter in 1992, and then was hired as a career fire fighter in 1997. During Lt. Neufeld’s career, he has had assignments as a Career Inspector, Hazardous Materials Coordinator, and Staff Lieutenant. Lt. Neufeld is currently assigned to the Administrative Section where one of his many responsibilities is handling the duties of Emergency Manager for the City of Farmington Hills.

Lt. Neufeld has a bachelor’s degree from Madonna University and certifications from the Michigan State Police and Michigan Department of Homeland Security. He has received numerous citations, awards, and letters of appreciation from citizens and local businesses. Lt. Neufeld gives many hours of volunteer time to Team Farmington Hills/American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and also to the Goodfellows.

2016 10 14 Fire Fighter of the Year
(left to right) Optimist Club President Roxanne Fitzpatrick, Lt. Jamie Neufeld and Fire Chief Jon Unruh