Firefighter of the Year

We are pleased each year to honor the public servants who educate the children of our community and who keep us safe. This is an annual tradition for our club and a meaningful tribute to these professions. At a breakfast meeting, we pay tribute to the city's public safety professionals, especially those singled out for special recognition due to "above and beyond the call" performance.

January 16, 2019

Captain Jim Donovan as Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Fire Fighter of the Year

The Optimist Club presented their award at the group’s weekly meeting on January 16, 2019

Captain Jim Donovan was a Paid On Call (POC) Firefighter beginning in September of 2000. In July of 2007 he was promoted to Sargent, followed by promotions to Lieutenant in July 2010 and Captain in May of 2013, respectively.

All aspects of the annual POC recruitment/hiring process are organized and effectively/efficiently conducted by Jim. He oversees the POC Fire Academy every year. Jim is an excellent leader and very hard worker that often helps out with anything on short notice notification. He has received over 20 very complimentary correspondence from citizens and business owners.

Jim is a very decorated member of the department:
15 - Chain of Survival
7 - Life Saving
14- Unit Citations

For this and numerous other reasons Captain Jim Donovan is named the Optimist Club Firefighter of the Year 2018.

Jim DonovanCaptain Jim Donovan - Optimists Firefighter of the Year

Jason Olszewski Jim Donovan John UnruhJason Olszewski - Deputy Chief (LEFT), Jim Donovam - Captain - Optimists Firefighter of the Year (CENTER), John Urnuh - Chief (RIGHT)

Ken Wasmer Jim Donovan John UnruhKen Wasmer - Optimists President (LEFT), Jim Donovam - Captain - Optimists Firefighter of the Year (CENTER), John Urnuh - Chief (RIGHT)