Wellington’s Top Firefighter for 2017 has ‘bright future,’ supervisor says

Oct 25, 2017
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic Bradlee Doerzbacher, center, was awarded Wellington's Top Firefighter of 2017 award by the village council on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Village Hall. Seen with Doerzbacher are, from left, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Vice Mayor John McGovern and Councilman Michael Napoleone. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington’s council on Tuesday presented the village’s top firefighter award for 2017.

Firefighter/paramedic Bradlee Doerzbacher was nominated by his supervisor Capt. Jody Marlow, who wrote in a letter to village officials that he saw first-hand Doerzbacher’s “level of professional integrity, and drive for career and personal excellence.” 

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Doerzbacher has been with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for nearly three years after working in Martin County for six years. He serves as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College and teaches in the fire service program at Wellington High School, helping shape future firefighters. 

“I am encouraged by the goals this gentleman has set for himself and am confident to say that this employee has a bright future at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue,” Marlow wrote. “When comparing him to his peers, it is very apparent that this is the clear choice for this award.” 

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Speaking at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Doerzbacher gave much of the credit for his success to his fellow firefighters. 

“While it is nice to be recognized as an individual … it’s very much a reflection of the organization as a whole,” he said. 

Wellington’s Public Safety Committee voted on the village’s Top Cop and Top Firefighter awards at its June meeting. The Top Cop award was presented by the council last month, but Doerzbacher was not able to be at that meeting. 

The Top Cop was Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Sandra Horne, who was lauded for her work with seniors in the community.