LUMBERTON — Capt. Eric Locklear has been named Firefighter of the Year by Lumberton Fire Department.
The 17-year veteran of the department was recognized after nomination letters described him as “dedicated,” a “mentor” and a “compassionate, amazing leader.”
Locklear won the award at the rank of master firefighter but has been promoted to captain this week.
“In addition to giving 100 percent on the job each day, this person provides endless hours of assistance in studying, training and practice to new firefighters and to those entering into a promotional process even if it takes away from his down time,” a release from Lumberton Fire Department said. “This person knows that firefighters have daily opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life and he strives to positively impact the city in which we serve.”
As well as his professional service to Lumberton, Locklear is a long-standing member of Raft Swamp Volunteer Fire Department, where he serves as assistant chief.