The third time was the charm for Brandon Hovey.
That was the number of times that the city of Enterprise tried to honor him for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Hovey was presented the Extra Mile Award at the Enterprise City Council meeting Aug. 6 after being on the agenda to receive the award for two previous meetings.
The previous presentation, first set for June 18, had to be postponed twice because the firefighter was called to duty both times.
“Brandon is certainly a fine example of what being a firefighter is all about,” said Enterprise Fire Chief Byron Herring in presenting the award to the firefighter who has served the City of Progress for three years. “Being compassionate and caring about our fellow man is what being a firefighter is all about.”
Hovey was nominated for the award for his response to a February automobile accident in which an animal had jumped from the back to the front seat of the vehicle.
Hovey pulled over to assist the driver and planned to stayed with her until her husband arrived. She requested that he leave, Herring said. But he called Geneva first responders to have them assist the accident victim until her husband arrived at the scene.
“He is commended on his outstanding abilities and remarkable attention that he gave to this citizen and his willingness to go out of his way to help them,” said Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper in presenting the award. “We are proud to have such an outstanding individual representing our fire department.”
Hovey comes from a firefighting family, he told those attending the council meeting. His father is recently retired Dothan Fire Capt. Kyle Hovey and his grandmother is a retired firefighter, he said. “So it’s a family tradition and one thing they have instilled in me is ‘Service above self’ and helping anybody whenever you can.
“Just doing my job,” was Hovey’s response to receiving the the award. “I love my job.”