Palm Coast Fire Department Driver Engineer Anthony Pedersen has been named the 2022 Firefighter of the Year by the Flagler-Palm Coast Kiwanis Club.
Pedersen, a 2015 Matanzas High School graduate and a second-generation Palm Coast firefighter — his father Erik previously served — started his career with the department in July 2018 after serving as a volunteer intern for 18 months, according to a Fire Department press release.
He earned his paramedic certification in 2018 from Daytona State College and firefighter certifications in 2016. He is working toward fire officer and fire inspector certifications, has joined the Lieutenant Mentoring Program and is the station's supply chain coordinator.
Pedersen was selected because of his commitment to training and focus on future leadership. Among his responsibilities is ensuring that front-line apparatuses are stocked with the emergency medical supplies.
“Driver Engineer Anthony Pedersen is an emerging leader within the Palm Coast Fire Department,” Fire Chief Kyle Berryhill said. “Anthony is an energetic, up-and-coming team member who's demonstrated leadership through joining the Lieutenant Mentoring Program."
Pedersen could not attend the original awards presentation because he was deployed to Fort Myers Beach with Advanced Life Support Engine 232 to answer 911 calls after Hurricane Ian.