Sumiton firefighter honored for 20 years of service

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/23/17

SUMITON — One local firefighter was recently honored for his 20 years of service to the City of Sumiton.

Fire Captain Mike Hammock was recognized at the Sumiton Fire and Rescue’s Christmas party last weekend for his service and received an axe, which has become a tradition among Sumiton firefighters.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

Sumiton firefighter honored for 20 years of service

Posted

SUMITON — One local firefighter was recently honored for his 20 years of service to the City of Sumiton.

Fire Captain Mike Hammock was recognized at the Sumiton Fire and Rescue’s Christmas party last weekend for his service and received an axe, which has become a tradition among Sumiton firefighters.

Hammock first joined the Sumiton fire department in October 1997 after returning home from the U.S. Marine Corps and becoming a paramedic through Bevill State Community College’s program.

One of the Sumiton firefighters at that time encouraged Hammock to become a volunteer firefighter.

“We lost our house in a fire in 1985 and I’ve always wanted to help people,” he said. “I saw a need there and wanted to help folks.”

Hammock said he knew being a firefighter was the right job for him after his first controlled burn, as he enjoyed the excitement of the experience.

Shortly after joining the department, Hammock became the department’s first — and for several years, only — full-time firefighter in June 1998.

“We were just missing so many calls during the day due to the firefighters being at work. [Fire Chief David] Waid saw a need there and approached the council,” Hammock said. “I’ve enjoyed being here and serving the community and I want to thank the council for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.”

He said it’s been a fun job that never fails to provide an adrenaline rush.

Hammock added that the fire department is always looking for young people to join and he encouraged anyone who wants to help people or make a difference in the community to become a firefighter. “We’ve saved a lot of lives over the years,” he said. “I feel like God led me to help people, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to work with.”