Helena firefighter recognized for dedication to community

Helena firefighter Paxton Miller-Fitzpatrick cut his teeth in the business working for the Park County Rural Fire Department where he said he became a “jack-of-all-trades” for the short-handed agency.

“It’s common in the industry,” Miller-Fitzpatrick said during an interview Wednesday at Helena Fire Department Station 2. “But it was especially true at that agency.”

In the pursuit of his fire science degree, he spent his residency in Livingston. He said along with the art of putting out fires, he also learned during his time there how to fit into a crew.

Helena Fire Department firefighter Paxton Miller-Fitzpatrick was recently chosen as the 2023 firefighter of the year by the Helena Exchange Club.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

He brought those lessons with him to Helena Fire Department five years ago.

“Crew cohesion is very important to us here at Helena Fire Department,” he said. “I’ve worked with great crews since day one, people who really enjoy team-building.”

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He said the crews often rally together around simple activities like making meals and

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