Julie Sheets Named 2013
Fire Fighter of the Year
Chief Tony Spaeth named firefighter/EMT Julie Sheets the 2013 GFD Firefighter of the Year at the recent “Annual Meeting” (the department’s annual Christmas dinner & celebration). A resident of the village, Julie has been serving the Greenhills Fire Department for the last 10 years and exemplifies what a dedicated volunteer firefighter should be, both within the department and in the community. When she’s not volunteering at the GFD, Julie is a clerk/dispatcher for the City of Forest Park Police Department, and a certified CPR instructor who teaches CPR to the community on her own time for no pay. She often schedules CPR classes in order to accommodate the requests of people in the community, the local dentist office and school district. This year, Julie became an infant and child car seat installation technician, yet another service we can provide to the community as a result of her efforts to serve her community. Julie is also an active advocate for people with Muscular Dystrophy and spends a week each year at Summer Camp as a camp counselor for kids who have MD, and she also participates in the yearly jailbird lock up to raise funds for MDA. Her talent for fundraising isn’t ignored at the fire department. Among her fundraising efforts are selling greeting cards, Tupperware parties, Pampered Chef, Family Fun Game Night, craft and vendor shows, including her Usborne Book business, and City Barbeque just to name a few. It is estimated that Julie has raised over $10,000 in donations in her decade on the GFD. Julie is also an outstanding EMT, and firefighter. She approaches her duties with the utmost respect and responsibility. Just when it appeared that she couldn’t give any more than she already was, Julie stepped up and donated one of her kidneys to her mother, the ultimate example of what it means to save a life. Chief Spaeth commented, “We are lucky to have Julie amongst our ranks. She has the highest character and personal qualities that make me proud to know her. It is my pleasure and distinct honor to present Julie with this award”. Please join all of our members in congratulating Julie Sheets as this year’s GFD Firefighter of the Year!