An Anna firefighter has been honored with a distinguished award as AFD Volunteer Lt. Erik Polcer has been named the District Firefighter of the Year by the North Texas Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association.

Polcer served in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq for 15 months, serving in the military from 2004-07 and from 2009-15. During that time, he earned Army Commendation, Army achievement, Army good conduct, National service, Korean Defense and Iraq Campaign medals in addition to the Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. He joined the Anna Volunteer Fire Department in February of 2013 while on reserve status with the Army.

Polcer was nominated by AFD Chief Tim Gothard who stated that, "Upon joining the Department Erik, was as inexperienced as anyone could be. Erik jumped right in and fell in love with the Fire service, and has not slowed down since that time."

Polcer has since attended the TEEX Annual Fire School every year , receiving his E.C.A. certification and his SFFMA Pump Operators certification and in 2015 taking the Trench Rescue Course.

"Lieutenant Polcer takes great pride in the Fire service by leading new members and assisting with many different projects," said Gothard. "He has stepped up and led his shift on several occasions when the paid officer was off or unavailable."

In December of 2015, Polcer was voted by his peers as the Anna Firefighter of the Year and received his promotion to Volunteer Lieutenant.

Since receiving his award for the district — one which spans a wide swath from Waco all the way to Oklahoma — Polcer’s name will be forwarded to the state committee, which will select three firefighters from across Texas to take to the state conference in June.