Always willing to lend a helping hand when needed, Volunteer Corey Shealy with the Newberry Fire Department was recently named the 2018 Volunteer Impact Responder of the Year.

Captain Gene Shealy with NFD said at the beginning of each year, the department tries to recognize a volunteer that went above and beyond the year prior when it came to their training hours and staff activity.

“Staff activity hours can be anything from fire response calls to staffing a community event such as National Night Out or our annual Kids Fun Day event,” Gene said.

For 2018, he said that Corey well-exceeded the department’s standard of 10 volunteer hours per month and completed the year with 625 volunteer hours, 498 hours of that being staff activity.

Corey has been a volunteer with the Newberry Fire Department for 10 years, but also volunteers with the Pomaria Rescue Squad, is a Lieutenant with the St. Phillips Fire Department and is a full-time Heavy Equipment Operator for the City of Newberry’s Public Works Department.

Despite it running in his family, Corey said he enjoys being a member of the fire service because he wants to give back to the community and help people even in the darkest of times.

“He will come back to help us if we’re short during a shift or come in to pull a 24-hour shift just to help out,” Gene said. “He’s a very dedicated volunteer and is always willing to step up to the plate.”

Last year alone, Gene said Corey completed 127 training hours, which he used to complete his Firefighter 2 certification through the South Carolina Firefighters Association (SCFA). He has also completed many SCFA online training courses and courses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Fire Academy.

“For a volunteer to take on not only that many hours of staff activity, but to continue his education through training, it shows his commitment to the department and our community,” Gene said. “He’s just an example of one of many dedicated volunteers that we have here at the Newberry Fire Department.”

In his spare time, Corey enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He has coached his daughter’s softball and stepson’s baseball teams. While he stays busy, he said he doesn’t mind it at all and it fits perfectly into his routine.

“I love helping and being there [at the fire department],” Corey said.

Fire Chief Keith Minick said the department was fortunate to have Corey on their team.

“He demonstrates how much he cares for his community and the fire service by serving on committees, volunteering his time to fill different roles and serving as President of the fire volunteer company for 2019,” Minick said. “He spends many hours in the evenings and weekends volunteering at the station and I’d like to thank and congratulate Corey again.”