GREAT FALLS -
A Firefighter on Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the Department of Defense Firefighter of the Year. Staff Sergeant Michael Mullis had always wanted to be a Firefighter.
"Ever since I was younger, I've had family that has experienced unfortunate things, much like everyone else around the world. I kind of want to make these situations better for everyone else. because I don't think anybody should have to bear the horrible fate of any of the things we do see," says Staff Sergeant Michael Mullis.
Recently Staff Sergeant Mullis was nominated the Department of Defense's Fire Fighter of the Year award.
"It started with the Air Force Global Strike level, my Leadership actually came to me and said they would like to put me in for the award. I did not object, I thought it would be a nice experience, something new for me. They nominated me there and the package just kept progressing different levels," says Mullis.
The news of how far his nomination was going actually surprised Mullis, even more shocking was when he had won.
"Honestly I was kind of shocked by it at first, I thought it was kind of cool that I was put in. I knew there was a lot of other people out there that was just as deserving as myself. There is a lot of people here that are just as deserving as myself. So it was kind of a nice shock when they did announce it and then when it went to D.o.D.," explains Mullis.
Mullis doesn't accept all the credit for his award, he says it's not just his or his crew's award, but Malmstrom's award.
"You don't really hear about that, we don't have that active flight line. So it was just nice for me to represent Malmstrom as a whole because this was a team effort. It's not something that I have done by myself," says Mullis.
Staff Sergeant Mullis told me he hopes to continue to be a Firefighter even after his time in the military has come to an end.