American Legion honors Farmington Hills firefighter

Groves-Walker American Legion Post #346 honored Farmington Hills Fire Department Senior Firefighter Justin Perkey as its 2018 American Legion Firefighter of the Year during the Patriot Day ceremony held September 11 in downtown Farmington.

Farmington Hills Fire Department
Pictured from left: Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Senior Firefighter Justin Perkey, Deputy Fire Chief Jason Olszewski, and Fire Marshal Jason Baloga. (City of Farmington Hills)

Perkey started with the department in 2008 as a Paid-on-Call Firefighter, after obtaining his Firefighter 1 & 2 certifications along with his EMT license. He left in 2010 to become a Career Firefighter with the Charleston, South Carolina Fire Department, where he was awarded the National Medal of Honor as a result of his actions when he entered a dangerous house fire and rescued the unconscious occupant.

While in Charleston, Perkey became a licensed Paramedic, which allowed him to return to the Farmington Hills Fire Department in 2013 as a Career Firefighter. He is now a member of the Western Wayne County HazMat Team, where he specializes in different aspects of Hazardous Materials Response. He is also a trained drone operator and pilot.

Perkey holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He is especially interested in fire service training.

“Topics that Justin has developed are used daily by Farmington Hills Firefighters,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh. “The Fire Department benefits greatly from Justin’s extensive involvement in training and the entire community benefits from our increased expertise and knowledge.”