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Firefighter of the Year Honored By City Council

Jul 01, 2014 03:07PM ● By DigMB Staff

Manhattan Beach Firefighter of the Year James Stratton with his mom, Fran Stratton.

Manhattan Beach Firefighter/Paramedic James Stratton was honored by City Council last night (July 1) for being named MB Firefighter of the Year for 2013. Stratton was selected by his peers and will be feted during Council's ceremonial calendar.

James has been with MBFD since 2006, and has been involved in many projects with the department, said MB Fire Chief Robert Espinosa. "He has helped develop the training manual for probationary firefighters, designed and built the flat and pitched roof props we use for fire operations training, and he is responsible for the inventory and purchasing of our paramedic supplies," said the Chief.

In addition, James developed an annual scholarship program to select and sponsor a volunteer Fire Reserve to paramedic school and is the unofficial department photographer for fire department events. Stratton recently completed the State Fire Marshal curriculum and is a certified Fire Company Officer.

“The great thing about James is he is self-motivated," said Chief Espinosa. "He is constantly looking for ways to improve our working conditions and grow professionally.”

In April when the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach honored him, Stratton said, “This is a reflection on my shift, B Shift.”

Congratulations James for serving our community so notably!

If you'd like to see James receive his award from City Council live tonight during the meeting, click here. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and James presentation is one of the first matters on the agenda.

City Council meetings are broadcast live through Manhattan Beach Local Community Cable, Channel 8 (Time Warner), Channel 35 (Verizon), and the Live Webcast via the City's website. 

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