Lt. Jim Mild has been named Upper Arlington firefighter of the year.

Lt. Jim Mild has been named Upper Arlington firefighter of the year.

Mild was honored by Upper Arlington City Council Feb. 27 with a resolution of commendation. He also received a personalized Firemark award plaque, which is given to local firefighters who go above and beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding service to their community.

Fire Chief Jeff Young said that Mild is an exemplary firefighter who also is instrumental in UA fire division's charitable events.

"Jim is always a role model," Young said. "He leads by example and consistently does the right thing for the community and his fellow firefighters.

"Since becoming chief, I've always been impressed with the amount of time he spends training himself and his crews, and those are things that as a chief you really like to see."

Mild was hired as a firefighter for Upper Arlington on Dec. 15, 1992. Before that, he worked as a part-time firefighter with the Westerville Fire Department, and a number of other jobs throughout central Ohio.

A graduate of Whetstone High School, Mild grew up in the Columbus area and later attended Ohio University.

In his assignment at the Arlington Avenue fire station, Mild is certified as an Ohio Firefighter II, a rescue technician, a state of Ohio fire instructor, and an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. He is completing his second term as president of Upper Arlington Firefighters Local 1521, and was a member of the team that negotiated the recent firefighters' bargaining agreement with the city administration.

Young said that when he was a captain, he and Mild served on the same crew and same truck.

"On one of our last runs before I became chief, we had a house fire in South Arlington," Young said. "Jim found himself in the position to rescue the home owners' pets, and he took the initiative to get them out of the building, and everything had a good ending.

"Jim is just a real steady, consistent firefighter, who got into this career for all the right reasons, and he has continued to excel and grow," Young said.

In his time in Arlington, Mild has received 30 public commendations for performance on emergency runs, two EMS commendations, a physical fitness certificate of excellence, a city of Upper Arlington Code of Ethics award, and three nominations for the firefighter of the year award.