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Reserve Citizen Airman named Space Coast Firefighter of the Year

Senior Airman Davy Brinkmann, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, special missions aviations specialist, gets sight on a fellow pararescuemen below as they prepare to hoist two stranded victims of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31, 2017 from Beaumont, Texas.

Senior Airman Davy Brinkmann, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, special missions aviations specialist, gets sight on a fellow pararescuemen below as they prepare to hoist two stranded victims of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31, 2017 from Beaumont, Texas. The 920th RQW deployed roughly 90 Citizen Airmen, three Pave Hawks and two HC-130Ns in support of Air Force Northern’s search and rescue mission for FEMA disaster relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

Citizen Airman Reservist Senior Airman Davey Brinkman, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, was selected as the 2017 Space Coast Fire Chief's Association's Firefighter of the Year.

Citizen Airman Reservist Senior Airman Davey Brinkman (center), 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, was selected as the 2017 Space Coast Fire Chief's Association's Firefighter of the Year. Brinkman serves as a Firefighter/paramedic with the Rockledge Fire Station in Brevard County, Florida, and as a special mission aviator with the 920th RQW's 301st Rescue Squadron. Brinkman has been with the fire department for 10 years and during that time has demonstrated an exemplary level of service. He embodies the meaning of public service serving the city of Rockledge, and his country. (Courtesy photo)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Senior Airman Davey Brinkman, a special mission aviator with the 920th Rescue Wing's 301st Rescue Squadron, was named 2017 Space Coast Fire Chiefs' Association Firefighter of the Year.

The Reserve Citizen Airman has served with the Rockledge Fire Station as a paramedic and firefighter for the last decade demonstrating an exemplary level of service and "embodies the meaning of public service by not only serving the city, but also serving his country," according to the association.

While serving with the Air Force Reserve last summer, Brinkman was deployed as part of contingent from the 920th RQW deployed to College Station, Texas, where he and fellow Airmen rescued 235 people left stranded by Hurricane Harvey's aftermath in and around the regions of Texas that were affected the most.

From heights up to 180 feet above with low visibility, rain, wind and working around power lines, Brinkman and his team worked long hours hoisting people and their pets out of danger onto a wing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, and getting them to safety.

Chief Joseph LaSata, Rockledge FD and Police Department Public Safety director, said he was proud of the work that the firefighter did during Harvey relief missions.

See related story: http://www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1299907/helicopter-crew-recalls-family-of-four-harvey-relief-mission/

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