Captain Jeremy McKissack awarded First Responder of the Year at 76th Annual Meeting + Dinner
On Thursday, March 25th, 2021, the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year in the books at the 76th Annual Meeting and Dinner, a Starlit Soiree, at the John F. Rhodes Civic Center in Bay Minette. Chamber staff and board, North Baldwin business owners, local officials and members of the community gathered to enjoy an evening full of networking, boxed charcuterie dinner and drinks, award presentations and so much more!
On Thursday, March 25, 2021, inaugural winner, Sgt. Michael Walker with The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office presented the North Baldwin Chamber’s 2021 First Responder of the Year Award to Captain Jeremy McKissack at the Annual Meeting + Dinner.
The First Responder of the Year award was created to acknowledge and recognize an individual that goes above and beyond their daily call of duty. Nominations are taken from all department heads and include police, fire, ems, dispatch and anyone else that fits into the “first responder” category. Since 2018, this award has gone to a few very deserving individuals for their service and dedication to North Baldwin
Many of you have been following the story of Capt. Jeremy McKissack, one of Bay Minette’s own. The Bay Minette Fire Department recently celebrated the career of Captain Jeremy McKissack as he entered retirement. Earlier this year, Captain McKissack was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the base of his brain stem and has been undergoing treatment ever since. “It’s hard to see this stature of a firefighter leave the business so soon, as most know we were not expecting things to end this way,” said Fire Chief Mike Minchew.
Jeremy has served Baldwin County for 20+ years with Bay Minette Fire Department, Daphne Fire Department and Rabun and Perdido Volunteer Departments. In his time he has assisted with too many calls to count covering anything from house fires to car accidents to helping the chamber ladies unload boxes of magazines. For Jeremy, no job is too big or too small and we’re proud to celebrate and honor his service as a top notch firefighter and human being.
Fellow Bay Minette Firefighters on Jeremy’s shift had this to say, “Jeremy is selfless, compassionate, and his meaning to everyone in this department goes further than words can describe. You can call him on your best or on your worst day and he would always be there to lend a helping hand. He always kept the comradery up around the station as well. He would keep you on your toes; and he was a prankster in the firehouse. You never knew what was in store when he was around.”
We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude and congratulations to Capt. Jeremy McKissack, a veteran firefighter that has most definitely always gone above and beyond in the line of duty, as your 2021 North Baldwin First Responder of the Year!