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Fairfax County Names Career Firefighter of the Year

A 16-year veteran of the department takes the 2011 honor

With an outpouring of affection from his friends and family members, Lieutenant Marc S. Davidson was named 2011’s Career Firefighter of the Year at a special ceremony Wednesday at the Public Safety Center in Fairfax.

Davidson currently works as a Basic Training Compliance Officer at the Fire and Rescue Academy. He’s also worked at Stations 29, 13, and 10 in Tyson’s Corner, Dunn Loring and Bailey’s Crossroads, respectively.

Davidson is a 16-year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, but also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spoke about the similarities between military life and firefighting at the ceremony.

“It truly is a family and a job that has a lot in common with the military,” he said.

Davidson said being a fire fighter is all about giving back.

“It is public service, I’ve done 25 years of public service,” he said.  “It’s about helping people and there’s a lot of reward in doing that.  But don’t think for a second I did this on my own.”

Davidson, and many of his colleagues, took special care to thank Davidson’s wife Denise, daughter Victoria and son Marc Daniel.  All three of them were bursting with pride when Davidson accepted his award.

“My dad is definitely out of his element,” said 14 year-old Victoria.  “He doesn’t like a lot of attention, but this is definitely the kind of attention he deserves.”

“I’m happy for him, he deserves it,” said 12 year-old Marc Daniel.  “He works really hard every day.”

Davidson lives in Howard County, Maryland and his children explained that he gets up at 3 a.m. each day and doesn’t return home until after 8 p.m. 

Captain I Chester Waters, Davidson’s immediate supervisor, had this to say about him.

“He’s a naturally gifted instructor and more importantly, he’s a good man,” Waters said.  “I nicknamed him ‘Marctopus’ because it seems like he has eight arms, he’s involved with everything.

More than 100 people gathered to honor Davidson Wednesday, including some of his family members from across the country.  The Career Firefighter of the Year Award was established in 1985.

Karen Moore July 21, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Congratulations and thank you for your many years of service to the people of Fairfax County! What a wonderful honor for you and your family. Karen Moore
Maritza Hoquee Davidson July 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM
I would like to write a comment but I'm being technically challenged. Marc's Mom
Ramona Jimenez-Courton July 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM
FIREFIGHTERS ROCK!! Congratulations Marc! you deserve it! I have never met a more kind and giving man. I'm glad that now the world knows it too. Marc Davison you're my HERO!
Maritza Hoquee Davidson July 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Oh, my gosh, it actually went through. OK, this is the sixth message, let's see if I can remember what I wrote, it was pretty good, I thought. I wanted to thank all the persons who made yesterday's event for Marc, Denise, Victoria and Marc Daniel beautiful and memorable. There was a tremendous good feeling in the air, and I don't know if it was because all the firefighters and the people who work with them are good, kind and care or just because it was July 20, 2011. It was like magic, from the beginning with Battalion Chief William Garrett's opening remarks, to Marc's feigned dropping of the note cards. I appreciated the Invocation by Fire Chaplain McIntosh, loved Battalion Chief Jim Hedrick's video message, as well Captain I Chester Waters and Technician Jacques Cochran's words and stories. At the end, Fire Chief Ronald Mastin's presentation of the award was emotive and a great entry act for Marc's dropping of his notes. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department really knows how to impress Pennsylvanians, North Carolinians, Connecticut folks, Floridians, and Marylanders; the whole thing ran smooth and the food grand finale I know was appreciated by all the travelers. Thank you, muchas, muchas gracias, to all! Maritza Davidson (Marc's Mom)
Gigi Caran Choy July 21, 2011 at 11:41 PM
OMG. Marc we are so proud of you. Love you guys. Octavio and Gigi from Panama
carmen July 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Well Done Marc! You are an inspiration to all of us! Best wishes from Carmen and Amos from Israel.
ilma July 22, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Fantastic! Well done, Marc!! Congratulations!!!
Mary Ellen Crowley July 22, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Add one more voice to Marc's proud well wishers. In the early '60s I had many an intense philosophical discussion with his mother in the college canteen. So that's where all those high-minded thoughts flew - right into Marc! Mary Ellen Crowley
Barbara Henry July 23, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Congratulations, Marc, on this well-deserved award. It is an occasion for joyful celebration that your life career has been both personally satisfying and a gift of public service accomplished with talent, skill, and dedication. With affection and admiration and much love to your family, Barbara Henry

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