West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock honored with Congressional award
MANATEE -- One of West Manatee Fire Rescue District's own will receive an award for his service next week.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock will be presented with the Congressional Career Service Award on Oct. 5, the agency announced Monday. The award will be presented by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan during the 2015 Florida 16th Congressional District Fire and EMS Awards ceremony, which recognizes fire and EMS personnel who have provided distinguished service to the 16th Congressional District.
Pollock began his career with Westside Fire District as a volunteer firefighter in 1980 and was hired as a career firefighter in 1983.
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"Chief Pollock progressed through the ranks including Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, District Chief, and Battalion Chief and to his present rank of Deputy Chief," a release states. "During this time, D.C. Pollock became involved in the National Fallen Firefighters Program 'Courage to Be Safe' and held the position of regional coordinator."
Pollock's skills and ability in preparing and executing various grants have benefited the fire districts in Manatee County, according to the West Manatee Fire Rescue District. He also obtained a $1 million "Assistance to Firefighter" grant that provided new compatible mobile and portable radios for all Manatee fire districts.
Chief Thomas Sousa nominated Pollock for the award.
The Florida 16th Congressional District Fire and EMS Awards will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the County Commission Chambers at the Sarasota County Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.