Todd Jewett was recently named Fireman of the Year by Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department for his hard work and dedication to the deparment. -Photo by Daniel Elizondo
Every tone out for Silsbee Fire is sure to give Todd Jewett an adrenaline rush like he has never felt before.
“When I hear it, I just go,” said Jewett. “Sometimes I have to check with my job if I’m working, but when I can go, I am gone.”
For him, it means jumping in his pickup truck decked with LED lights to warn drivers of his emergency status. Jewett’s love for being a volunteer fireman in Silsbee has given him accolades recently having been named Fireman of the Year at a recent banquet.
He has been a volunteer off and on since 1980 and the last two years, he has been in Silsbee. On any given emergency, Jewett will be seen working for Silsbee even if it means going to help out Lumberton, Kountze, or Evadale. Silsbee Volunteer have also been known to provide mutual aid to Sour Lake in the time of catastrophic emergencies.
“I do this because it’s my way of helping the community,” Jewett said.
Prior to coming to Silsbee, Jewett has helped out as a volunteer fireman in Nacogdoches and Conroe.
It isn’t easy becoming a volunteer fireman, it takes many man hours including 300 classroom hours that are needed to become certified and an additional 300 hours to be an advanced volunteer.
Jewett is one of the many in Silsbee that take that dedication the extra mile to help protect and serve the community and surrounding areas.
Along with becoming certified, firemen train each Monday to be better prepared each and every time.
“Every emergency we respond to, we go in as if it is the worst case scenario,” Jewett said.
Along with the other volunteers, Silsbee has become a close unit and stand to do their best in protecting the community from fire and emergency. The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department is a hard-working group that has been strong with members since its inception in 1939.
Today, they continue to grow, and firemen like Jewett bring the close-knit family together. Jewett and his wife, Wanda, live in Silsbee and between them, they have six children.
“I’m going to keep doing this for as long as I can,” Jewett said. “I’m just going to keep going.”