Arnold served our community for over 50 years. The department retired his number 4210, we presented him a two plaques one with his helmet shield and one with the number off his coat. This is only the second number we have retired, in 2001 we retired 4224 in honor of Don Barrow that passed away that year. Thanks you Arnold for your service!!!
Firefighters, more than most other professionals, need to possess a multitude of skills and talents. There are also many personal traits necessary to ensure that firefighters are properly and respectfully representing their department and profession as well. Arnold Garrett showed the following both personally and professionally.
1. Integrity (Honest, Trustworthy, Reliable, Accountable): Arnold has responded to countless calls at all times of the day and night placing the safety of the community ahead of his own.
2. Communication (People skills, Articulate): A fireman see people on what could be the worst day of their lives. Arnold routinely expressed empathy for those in need.
3. Flexibility/Adaptability (Low-maintenance, Work under stress, Compromising, Adapt and overcome): Arnold has seen Millsap Volunteer Fire Department change quite a bit over the years. Two fire trucks used to be parked downtown has grown to two stations and eight trucks. Fire and the way it is fought has changed, Automobiles and the way firefighters use rescue tools have also change. The only thing constant is the fact that everything is always changing.
4. Dedication (Passion, Pride, Heart, Desire, Drive, Competence, Work ethic): As a volunteer fireman you are asked to leave your Dinner table, or get up for the second or third time in the middle of the night to help someone in need.
5. Team Player: Firefighters are a part of team. Being a team player and understanding the team concept is of utmost importance. This means that others are always relying on you to do your job and do it efficiently. When one person does not, the whole team suffers and the team's safety can become jeopardized.
6. Mechanical Aptitude (Technical Problem Solving): You do not need to be a master mechanic to be a firefighter, but every firefighter must have some basic mechanical aptitude. If you get a chance ask him how many nights were spent repairing firetrucks following a fire so that he could respond the day.
7. Public Image: Not only has Arnold served many roles within MVFD he has spent several years working for the Millsap Water Supply. As public servants, he has always maintain a good public image.
8. Self Sacrifice (Courageous, Giving): Self sacrifice means that you are equally concerned with the well being of others as you are with your own well being. Arnold has shown to have a natural propensity to help others and have a giving spirit. He has shown courage and willing to take risks and make sacrifices in order to help others.
The Millsap VFD honored Arnold Garrett for a lifetime of service to our department and community.