Daniel Dumas, 35

Waterford Regional Fire Department

Daniel DumasDaniel Dumas has been a paramedic and firefighter for 16 years. He was promoted to captain at age 31, one of the youngest to attain that rank in the Pontiac Fire Department, which later merged with the Waterford Fire Department. He is a hazmat technician, paramedic instructor and worked for Baker College, Oakland Community College and Waterford EMS academy. Dumas is also a certified personal trainer for a small group training company named HeroFit, where he helps firefighters and civilians lose weight and get healthier.

He has received several citations for valor and bravery including the rescue of a 3-year-old girl from a burning house. He was involved in multiple other rescues including one in which he helped remove a victim from a 1,000-foot cell tower. As an instructor at OCC, Dumas was named "Practical Instructor of the Year."

 He is a charter member and rescue specialist at Michigan Task Force One, the largest state-funded search and rescue team in Michigan. Dumas leads the Young Adult Ministry at Apostolic Church where he helps mentor young adults as they transition from high school to college. He received his associate's degree from Oakland Community College.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2016.