Farmington Hills firefighter of the year connects with community

The Farmington Hills Fire Department is proud to announce that Lieutenant Dan Wecker has been selected as the 2017 City of Farmington Hills Firefighter of the Year.

2017 Firefighter of the Year
Lt. Dan Wecker, left, received his Firefighter of the Year Award from Fire Chief Jon Unruh during the January 22 Employee Awards Ceremony. (City of Farmington Hills)

Wecker was hired as a paid on-call firefighter in April 2001, promoted to Sergeant in July 2009, and promoted to Lieutenant in December 2016. Along the way, he received the following awards:


  • American Legion Firefighter of the Year (2009 & 2012)
  • Optimist Firefighter of the Year (2008 & 2012)
  • 8 Chain of Survival Awards
  • 10 Lifesaving Awards
  • 2 Meritorious Service Awards
  • 2 Oakland County Star of Life Awards
  • 6 Certificates of Appreciation
  • Numerous Letters of Appreciation from citizens

Wecker is the primary instructor for the Fire Department’s EMT and Firefighter 1 & 2 programs. He is also teaches CPR, AED, and First Aid classes to community groups and high school students. He also participates in the highly-regarded Fire Prevention Elementary School Assembly Program, presented annually in the fall to all elementary school age children.

“Lieutenant Wecker is highly involved in numerous different areas of the Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh. “In addition, he positively impacts the community almost daily through instruction and responding to fire and EMS incidents.”

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