A longtime volunteer has just been named Vancouver’s “Firefighter of the Year.”
Justin Mulcahy is the latest recipient of the Vancouver Fire Department’s highest and most prestigious award.
Mulcahy is a 13-year veteran of the force, with many achievements under his belt — including his volunteer work with the Snack for Kids program.
The volunteer-run program provides over 300,000 healthy snacks each year for two thousand vulnerable kids in over 40 Vancouver schools.
The program provides each student with the option of a nutritious nut-free snack bar, a juice box, or fruit option each day.
Mulcahy is a proud volunteer and shares his recognition with all those that helped grown the program.
“It means a lot,” he said in a statement. “This is not an individual award. I’m proud that there are so many Vancouver firefighters who work on this project and people in the community that have backed it.”
As a father himself, Mulcahy spends his free time outdoors as a marathon runner, as well as a player for the World Master Ultimate Team.
He believes that education allows students to climb out of unfortunate social circumstances and child hunger is a barrier to accessing a good education.