Four members of the Arlington County Fire Department were honored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce this month as part of the organization’s annual Valor Awards for first responders.
Firefighter/Paramedic Jeremy Tate and Firefighter/EMT Justin Armijo received medals of valor for saving the life of a hiker who had fallen 30-40 feet down a rock cliff off Windy Run Trail in October 2020. Tate, equipped with only basic medical rope rescue equipment, scaled the steep and unstable rock embankment to establish a safety line for additional rescuers. Armijo, was lowered from the George Washington Parkway overpass bridge via rope, and attended the Stokes basket over the rock cliff edge, in which the patient was packaged and then lowered to the river’s edge.
Tate received the Charles Theodore Memorial Silver Medal and Armijo received the William Miller Memorial Bronze Medal.
Firefighter/EMT Timothy Perkins received the Lifesaving Medal for his actions while driving home on August 21, 2020 when he encountered a Jeep that had crossed two lanes of traffic and rolled over. Perkins immediately provided care to the driver, assuming personal risk as he worked without any personal protective equipment or apparatus to block the scene safely.
Firefighter/EMT Evan Hogan received the Meritorious Service Award for his overall work and commitment to the Arlington County Fire Department. Among his accomplishments is the extensive work he put in to expanding his training expertise in areas of critical need to the County, such as the Whole Blood protocol he taught to the entire department.
“On behalf of the entire public safety workforce in Arlington County and the people we serve, thank you for your exceptional professionalism, dedication, and commitment to helping others,” Fire-Rescue Chief David Povlitz said of the honorees. “You make our County a better, safer place to live and work.”