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City honors firefighter, fire officer of the year

John Will Justice (left) was named Firefighter of the Year and Capt. Joshua Poore was named officer of the year for 2018. John Will Justice (left) was named Firefighter of the Year and Capt. Joshua Poore was named officer of the year for 2018.

John Will Justice was named Firefighter of the Year and Capt. Joshua Poore was honored as Officer of the Year during the Hendersonville Fire Department's Christmas dinner on Saturday.

Both honorees were nominated and selected by their peers. Hendersonville Fire Department command staff members Chief Joseph Vindigni, Deputy Chief James Miller and Fire Marshal Justin Ward presented the recipients with their awards during the ceremony. Their names will be added to the Firefighter and Officer of the Year plaques displayed at Fire Station 2.

A city firefighter since June 2017, Justice was selected for the award based on his passion for the job and his eagerness to train and learn. During the presentation, Miller spoke of Justice’s positive attitude and his habit of jumping in to help wherever needed without being asked.

Poore, who has been with the department since January 2007, was selected based on his support of the mission of the fire department and his ability to create an environment for those he supervisors that promotes training, fitness, ownership and personal growth. Poore is an "outstanding leader and great motivator who pushes everyone, every day, to be better," one of his peers said in a nomination.