Patterson earns Kansas Firefighter of the Year honors
Garden City Firefighter Adam Patterson has been named Kansas Firefighter of the year by the American Legion. Patterson accepted the award in Topeka last week at the American Legion Department of Kansas 2017 Convention.
Patterson was given the award for “outstanding selfless service over and above normal duties through community service and professional achievement thereby exemplifying the meaning of the phrase: America’s Bravest.” The award was presented by Kansas American Legion State Commander Robert Munson and Adjutant Jimmie Foster.
Patterson credited the award to the support of his coworkers.
“What an honor it is to receive the award,” he said. “I am part of a great fire department with many men who are just as worthy of such an award. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Thank you to all of the guys at the Fire Department for your support.”
Patterson has been with the Garden City Fire Department since June 2011. He was promoted to Firefighter II in 2014. Adam is a member of the GCFD Honor Guard and the Tactical Rescue Team.
“We’re very proud of Adam,” said Fire Chief Allen Shelton. “He’s been an exceptional employee for us, and we’re very excited for him that he’s received such an honor.”
Patterson grew up outside of Sublette, Kansas and attended Sublette High School where he participated in football, track, and basketball. Adam began volunteering with the Sublette Fire Department when he was just 18 years old and still helps out when he can.
After graduating from Sublette High School, he attended Hutchinson Community College’s Fire School. He then attended Kansas State University and was a student firefighter from 2010-2011. Patterson married his high school sweetheart Carley Chamberlain in 2015.
In 2014, Patterson was named Honor Guard Member of the Year. Last fall, he attended the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was also instrumental in developing the Garden City Honor Guard’s Keeper of the Flame award, created to recognize local residents who consistently give back to the community.