Halter named firefighter of the year

Eric Halter (Photo/Travis Miller)

Eric Halter goes above and beyond his regular duties at Mustang Fire Department, giving to others in his free time.

Last week he was honored for his work and commitment as he was named Firefighter of the Year by American Legion Post 353.

Chief Carl Hickman recommended Halter for the honor. A graduate of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s Fire Academy, Halter joined MFD in February 2007. He is certified as Firefighter II and Fire Officer I, as well as a registered emergency medical technician, Hickman said.

American Legion 353 Commander Paul Ray, right, presents Mustang firefighter Eric Halter with the Firefighter of the Year Award. Chief Carl Hickman is at far left. (Photo/Travis Miller)

Halter served as a drill instructor with the U.S. Army Reserve from December 2001 until December 2009, with the rank of staff sergeant, the chief said. He coordinated his schedule and gave his time to both his army service and firefighter duties with complete dedication, Hickman said.

It is in his work to help others where Halter really shines, the chief said.

“He was the race coordinator for a program called Muscles for Missions, which was a 5K run/walk with Mustang Nazarene Church,” Hickman said. “The event helped raise funds to support construction, education and medical care for the poor around the globe.”

In 2011, Halter and fellow firefighter Josh Moore also participated in the Oklahoma City Marathon, running to remember the 168 people killed in the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah bombing and to honor the survivors, Hickman said.

“Halter ran the race in his firefighting gear,” the chief said.

Closer to home, Halter is a “star” of the department’s fire prevention puppet show, works as a CPR instructor and teaches classes at his church and throughout the community, Hickman said.

“It’s an honor working with a firefighter and a man like Eric Halter,” the chief said. “He truly deserves this award.”