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First Responder Honoree Lt. David Johnson (Anne Arundel)

Lieutenant David Johnson has been a volunteer firefighter with the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company since 2013, and was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the First Responder category. Lt. Johnson demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and willingness to provide outstanding service to the fire company, the Odenton community, and the citizens of Anne Arundel County. 

Lt. Johnson is recognized throughout the organization as an exemplary leader, firefighter, and a strong proponent of training. He ensures that each member thoroughly understands the purpose of the training, the appropriate safety standards, and how teamwork is the key to accomplishing the mission. On emergency calls, David is calm and confident in leading his crew in stressful situations. He actively participates in nearly all of our fundraising events and serves on many of our committees, including Membership, Quartermaster, and Health and Fitness. David’s enthusiasm and professionalism have contributed greatly to the success of our fire company.

Lt. Johnson originally worked in the trade show industry, and in 2013 he was assigned to an exhibit for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). There he spoke with volunteer firefighters, decided he wanted to become one, and stopped by the fire company as soon as he got home. He later found out that his uncle was a volunteer chief and his cousin was a career firefighter, and is honored to serve his community and be a part of his family’s commitment to public service. In a relatively short period of time, Lt. Johnson has become one of the most valuable members and an emerging leader.

Upon joining, David started right away in assisting with administrative functions and station duties while beginning his fire and emergency medical training. He steadily progressed from Probationary Firefighter, to Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials Operator, Emergency Medical Technician, Ambulance Driver, Firefighter II, Rescue Technician, Fire Service Instructor, Lieutenant, and Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator. David has taken a total of about 950 hours of training! Lt. Johnson regularly performs about 30 hours of duty each week. Since completing basic firefighter training, he has responded on an average of 390 calls per year, making him one of our “top ten” responders each year. 

Written in large part by Craig Harman, Nominator and President of Odenton Volunteer Fire Company.