from the Asheville Fire Department
Each year an award is given to an outstanding individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the fire service. The North Carolina State Firemen’s Association accepts nominations from all across the state in search of just such an individual and, after receiving the applications a committee of previous winners evaluates the submissions and chooses a winner. This year, Senior Firefighter Jay Bettencourt with the Asheville Fire Department was selected. “The NCSFA represents over 50,000 firefighters in North Carolina and recognized one of our own as the best of the best,” states Chief Scott Burnette.
Jay Bettencourt has been a member of the Asheville Fire Department since July 27, 2009. He was selected for this award based on his extreme courage and determination at the fire that took place on July 28, 2011, at 445 Biltmore Ave. Jay desperately searched for an exit, not only for himself, but for his captain as well. FF Bettencourt did locate an exit which meant life for him, but without hesitation he returned to rescue his captain. Unfortunately, in spite of Jay’s courageous efforts, Captain Jeff Bowen lost his life that day.
“Jay’s recognition is well deserved and reflects well not only on him, but as a tribute to his mentor Capt. Jeff Bowen, who always worked toward continuous improvement for himself and for the department,” states Chief Scott Burnette.
For more information please contact Public Information Officer Kelley Klope at 828-251-4011.