Firefighter of the Year


By Matt Hopf Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 21, 2016 5:40 pm
QUINCY — Lt. Scott Lucey is not known for seeking the spotlight, and Friday was no different.
As the highlights of his career with the Quincy Fire Department were read aloud at the Quincy Exchange Club meeting at the Elk’s Club, Lucey thought about finding a way out.
“I was thinking I got to get out of here,” Lucey said.
Lucey, who joined the department in 1996, received the Firefighter of the Year award from the club.
“His fire chief (Joe Henning) states that he has always found our recipient to be skilled, knowledgeable, professional, compassionate and reliable,” said Exchange Club member Carlos Fernandez. “When there is a need to identify an officer that can be relied upon to get things done, his name is one of the first that comes to mind.

“He is not someone that seeks out attention. He just simply works hard, leads by example, and gives the citizens of Quincy a great return on their investment.”
Lucey has served as a member of the department’s dive team and the hazardous materials team, as well as serving as one of the designated airport firefighters. He is a shift training coordinator.
He thanked the club for the award and gave praise to the Quincy Fire Department.
“When you work on such a professional and well-trained department like ours is, I find it really humbling to receive this award,” he said.
Lucey was joined by his wife, Jill, and younger son, Jack. His oldest son, Blake, is a student at Missouri State University.
He plans to continue working as he does every shift with his crew.
“I have a lot of guys that have my back, and they know I have their back,” Lucey said. “You couldn’t ask for more. It’s one big strong family.”

Year Firefighter of the Year
2015-16 Lt Scott Lucey QFD
2014-15 Chief Rick Zaerr TTFD
2013-14 Lt. Richard Kestner TTFD
2012-13 Asst. Chief James Pioch QFD
2011-12 Lt. Eric Becks and Justin Twaddle QFD
2010-11 Dennis Behl QFD
2009-10 Darren Smith TTFD
2008-09 Tom Bentley QFD

* Deceased