City of Spokane Firefighter/Paramedic Honored at Lilac Luncheon

Jesse Ayotte named Firefighter of the Year

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2:28 p.m.

Today at the 78th annual All Civic Military Luncheon, City of Spokane Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse Ayotte was named Firefighter of the Year by the Spokane Lilac Association. Ayotte has spent his 15 year career in some of Spokane’s busiest fire stations.

“Jesse is an aggressive firefighter, excellent clinician and has committed himself to always improving, advises Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. “We are truly honored to have Jesse as an integral part of our Fire Department.”

Ayotte is an avid cyclist and a pivotal member of the Spokane Fire Department’s PedMed Program, a special operations program that deploys fire department paramedics in areas that are routinely inaccessible due to large crowds or terrain. Members of PedMed are commonly seen on bicycles, on foot, and even on off-road vehicles. Since Ayotte took over the logistics of the program, he has replaced all of the bicycles, the medical equipment and many of the safety devices for the team.

“He purchases and maintains everything, all year and works in the background to make sure that we can save lives when someone has a bad day during any of Spokane’s wildly popular events,” added Chief Schaeffer. “Jesse is the epitome of the expectations of a Spokane firefighter and absolutely deserves to be recognized for his dedication to serving our community.”

Proudly serving the City of Spokane, the Spokane Fire Department is an innovative organization dedicated to public service by providing emergency response, prevention and training.