Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Capt. David Brietzke Wins Award

Congratulations to Austin Fire Department Captain David Brietzke (E03/B), who has been named “Firefighter of the Year” by American Legion Post 76. Captain Brietzke was chosen for his outstanding service to the Austin and Travis County communities, as well as for his service to his country in the United States Air Force, where he has won several commendations.

Captain Brietzke has been a member of the Austin Fire Department for more than 21 years. You might remember one of his most memorable rescues from several years ago: he was one of two firefighters responsible for rescuing a young woman trapped on a boat on Lake Austin near the Hula Hut that ultimately went through the Tom Miller Dam.

Each year the American Legion recognizes public safety officials at the county, district and state levels. This recognition is based on recommendations forwarded from the various departments in the county/city and judged at the local level. Captain Brietzke’s award has now been forwarded to the American Legion’s District level for further consideration at the state level.

Here are a couple of photos from the award presentation earlier this week. Way to go, David!

Will Ivie, Adjunct/American Legion Post 76 and Capt. Brietzke

Terry Peterman, Travis County Sheriff's Department (2010 Sherrif's Department Employee of the Year), Gena Curtis, Austin Police Department (Outstanding Emergency Personnel Employee of the Year), and Capt. Brietzke

Cyndi Miller, Commander/American Legion Post 76 and Capt. Brietzke