People of the Year—Scott Hurst

Havre de Grace Patch recognizes the People of the Year over the final two weeks of 2011.

Patch recognizes people or groups with a People of the Year award for their contributions to Havre de Grace in 2011. Nominees were submitted by Patch readers via , email or on Facebook

Scott Hurst is the man at the helm of the city's volunteer fire department, the .

Chief Hurst, a career firefighter in Prince George's County, oversees a crew of more than 100 volunteer firefighters in Havre de Grace.

In 2011, Hurst was a constant presence at , speaking out for public safety and playing an instrumental role in by Havre de Grace City Council in all city residences powered by fossil fuels. Hurst also to Harford County Public Schools, but was to improve safety in the city's schools.

He also coordinates a number of fundraisers, including the first , scheduled for Jan. 21.

Dena Cardwell, who was among those nominating Hurst for Person of the Year consideration, offered the following:

"For all he does for the community. He juggles being Fire Chief of this town, being a career firefighter, as well as husband and father. I personally do not know when this man gets any sleep. I can call him at anytime to get answers to questions I need. He has worked extremely hard to make this community a safe one. The list this man has done is a mile long, just the fact he is responsible for the lives of all the volunteer firefighters in this town and he does it without any compinsation says a whole lot!!"

Hurst, 39, is tireless in his community efforts in Havre de Grace, coordinating the volunteers of the Susquehanna Hose Company in not only public safety initiatives, but also in volunteerism behind the scenes for some of the city's larger events—such as the and , and the . The Hose Company has also provided support for and in .

Hurst, a alum, is a . Hurst has two daughters, and he and his wife, Amy, live in Havre de Grace.

Do you know Scott or have a story to share about his impact on Havre de Grace? Share it in the comments. Click below to add an image or video.

Biller's Bikes December 20, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Congratulations to Fire Chief Scott Hurst for his being chosen as a Patch Person-of-The-Year. His achievements and leadership speak for themselves.
Tom Barnes December 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Congrats, Scott Hurst!
David Glenn December 25, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Scottie, Your commitment to the community and the Fire Company has long been recognized. We are so fortunate to have the Susquehanna Hose Company whose response time speaks for itself. It is due in large part to your concerted efforts. Congratulations on such a prestigous honor.


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