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January 12, 2014

Danny Roach is Employee of the Month for Whitfield

When it comes to training firefighters, Whitfield County’s Danny Roach rates among the best instructors in Georgia.

In fact, he’s developed classes that are being used to train firefighters across the state.

For his efforts to improve the fire service and make his community safer, Roach has been named Whitfield County’s Employee of the Month for November.

“Danny has been an inspiration to a lot of the firefighters in our department,” Fire Chief Carl Collins said. “He has brought our training division up to a level that we have never been at. It is so awesome to go to other fire departments and to hear firefighters talk so good about our fire department and the training we have.”

Roach has greatly expanded the training offered to local firefighters. He developed the first NPQ Driver/Operator Class for the department, which is approved by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council and is used statewide, and goes to Georgia Northwestern Technical College numerous times a year to perform testing events so that students can get the certifications they need for their job.

“Danny has made our training 100 percent better than it was,” Collins said. “Danny has been overwhelming with helping anyone in the department. He is a very hard worker and has a big passion for the fire department.”

To let Whitfield County residents learn more about him, Roach filled out the following survey.

Name: Danny W. Roach

Job: Assistant fire chief

Time with the county: Seven years and three months full-time; 15 years as a volunteer.

Where I went to school: Northwest Whitfield High School, Dalton College, West Georgia Technical College and Grand Canyon University.

My role as a county employee: To assist the fire chief in daily operations of the fire department and to serve the citizens of Whitfield County.

What keeps my job interesting?: Facing new changes every day because the fire service and society continue to change on a daily basis.

What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job?: Watching our new firefighters complete recruit school and reaching the goals they have set for themselves.

The most important thing I’ve done on the job: Help save someone in a burning house.

Where I grew up: Cohutta.

Family: Wife, Julie; daughter, Stephanie; son-in-law, Brandon; sons, Tucker and Andrew; granddaughters, Chloe and Harley; parents, Dorothy and Robert Roach, Sherry and Sandy Parson.

After work, I enjoy: Doing night training with the various classes that we instruct at the fire department and working in the family business.

Community activities: Most of my activities involve volunteering time for the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council as the regional proctor monitor in our area providing testing and the Georgia Fire Academy holding and teaching classes in our area. Also working with several different groups to provide help and support to those in need.

Favorite TV show: “NCIS”

Favorite sport: College football — Go Dawgs!

Favorite music: Country

Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: John’s Barbecue

Favorite Whitfield County event: Christmas parade

Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: My grandparents

I’m most proud of: My family and their accomplishments.

Pet peeve: Watching people waste anything that could be used by someone in need.

If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s: To never give up because someone else’s life may depend on your choice. Never let your minimum standards become your maximum expectations.

Who has had the most impact on my life?: My parents

Personal goals I have accomplished or would like to accomplish: I have been very blessed in my personal and professional life. I would like to continue helping others with their goals.

If I could have been in any profession of my choosing, I would have been a: Firefighter

If I could have two wishes, they would be: To end all wars in the world and to have more wishes.

You’d be surprised to learn that I: Do artwork for the family business.

Anything else you’d like to say: It is a great honor to be nominated and selected Employee of the Month and a greater honor to serve the citizens of Whitfield County. I would like to thank everyone that has helped with any functions in the fire department, community, and their support.


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