April 4, 2014

Lt. Azbill named Whitfield County Employee of Month for February

By Mitch Talley Whitfield County Director of Communications

— A 15-year veteran with the Whitfield County Fire Department was named the county’s Employee of the Month for February.

Lt. Jason Azbill, who works at Station 8, said he feels a sense of accomplishment on the job when he knows he “had a hand in making someone’s worse day a little better.”

He also says he’s learned that people who accept the minimum standard become complacent.

“Complacency, in this profession, eventually means you won’t get to go home,” Azbill said.

The lieutenant completed the following survey to let local residents find out more about him.

What keeps my job interesting: Every day is something different. It’s never the same routine.

What gives me a sense of accomplishment on the job: That feeling I get when I know I had a hand in making someone’s worst day a little better.

The most important thing I’ve done on the job: Strive to be a role model for the up-and-coming fire department personnel.

Where I grew up: Dalton.

Family: Wife Kelly, daughter Kaitlynne, mom, Gail Clayton, dad, Ralph Azbill.

After work, I enjoy: Hunting, fishing, four-wheeling. Anything outdoors.

Community activities: Boot drive.

Favorite TV show: “Chicago Fire.”

Favorite sport: Football.

Favorite music: Mixed rock.

Favorite Whitfield County restaurant: Lisa’s Cafe.

Favorite Whitfield County event: Christmas parade.

Three people (living or dead) I would invite to dinner: Rick Lasky (motivational speaker of the fire service); my grandmother, Pat, who passed away six years ago; and Peyton Manning.

I’m most proud of: My accomplishments in the fire service and my family.

Pet peeve: People that don’t merge to the right for emergency vehicles.

If I’ve learned one thing, it’s: People that accept the minimum standard become complacent. Complacency, in this profession, eventually means you won’t get to go home. Always expect the maximum effort from everyone. Give nothing less and accept nothing less. At the end of the day, your main job is to make sure everyone goes home.

Who has had the most impact on my life: My family.

Personal goals I have accomplished or would like to accomplish: I achieved multiple leadership and instructor certificates in order to receive a promotion to lieutenant. I try to be the best I can be in my current position by leading by example.

If I could have been in any profession of my choosing, I would have been a: I’m in the profession of my choosing.

If I could have two wishes, they would be: I wish I could learn to play guitar. I wish I would have attended college.

You’d be surprised to learn that : The only plane I have ever ridden in, I jumped out of at 14,500 feet.

Anything else you would like to say: “Learn one thing every day. Learn one thing every shift. Learn one thing on every call. Make a difference in one person’s life. That one life may be your own one day.” — Unknown