17-year-old named N.C. Firefighter of the Year

He has gone on 611 calls and volunteered 1,900 hours; he also completed all 22 firefighter classes and the EMT certification class


The Pilot

ABERDEEN, N.C. — There’s been a pattern in Austin Hubbard’s life, since he was a boy.

Dressing as a firefighter every Halloween, donating lemonade-stand proceeds to the Fallen Firefighters Fund, taking monthly tours of local fire stations, having his own scanner and fire pager to monitor calls — Austin Hubbard has been drawn to fire service like a moth to a flame. "My mom has told me since I was 2, that I was always interested in the 'big red truck.'"

So it’s no real surprise that Hubbard joined the Aberdeen Fire Department, nor that he has just been named that department’s Fire Fighter of the Year. Hubbard has been with the department since February. In that time, he has gone on 611 calls and volunteered 1,900 hours. He has completed all 22 firefighter classes and the EMT certification class to become a firefighter.

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