Lt. Len Beach and Officer Anthony Chavez were recently honored as Firefighter of the Year and Officer of the Year by the East Ridge Police and Fire Departments.
The honors were bestowed during the Optimist Club’s annual luncheon that honors first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.
According to Fire Chief Mike Williams, the rank-and-file of the ERFD submit recommendations for the Firefighter of the Year. Beach, a 25-year veteran of the department, was selected in part because of his integrity, experience, trust and compassion, Chief Williams said.
“This man has led by example and has been a mentor to all that have known him,” Chief Williams wrote on a Facebook post ER Fire and Rescue. “He is a true brother in the fire service.”
Officer Chavez started his service with the ERPD in December 2016, said ERPD Chief J.R. Reed. Chavez completed his training at the Walter’s State Regional Academy in March.
“Though his service with the police department has been short, hid dedication has reflected the values of integrity, ethics and professionalism,” Chief Reed said.
Reed said that Chavez has been a devoted police officer in his short tenure, demonstrated quality policing and has been a positive influence on morale of the department.