Brighton Area Fire Capt. Richard Boisvert was honored during the department's annual awards ceremony Friday night as Firefighter of the Year.
Boisvert, who was also promoted to the rank of captain during the cermemony, began his career as a paid on-call firefighter for the Brighton Area Fire Authority in 2004 and then promoted to sergeant in 2009. He was hired as a Lieutenant Fire Inspector in November 2011.
"Captain Bosivert is a true leader in the organization who has the ability to develop new firefighters and he demonstrates the true meaning of a firefighter every day," Brighton Fire Chief Mike O'Brian said. "He is an extremely intelligent captain who works at a very high pace and sets the bar for our employees every day."
Over the last year, Boisvert has completed his National Fire Protection Association Inspector 1 and 2 trainings, as well as Plan Examiner and Basic training as a Fire Investigator. He serves as a member of the Livingston County Fire Investigation Team as well as the Gear Committee and Award Committee.
Although Boisvert primarily works at Station 31 headquarters, he is responsible for Station 33 and the 22 firefighters assigned there.
The Firefighter of the Year is picked each year by the department's senior staff.
O'Brian said the staff members look for a stand out person who amplifies what being a firefighter is all about: integrity, honor and great skill level.