Department Firefighters of the Year announced at annual banquet
County Ranger Bobby Mashburn with the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) was honored on Saturday for his hard work and service to the county at the annual Firefighter of the Year Banquet of the Macon County Firefighters Association (MCFA). The special accolade came as a surprise to Mashburn, who was described at the banquet as someone who preferred to remain out of the limelight and behind the scenes.
Mashburn, who has worked with the Forest Service in Macon County since 1987, took over from Donnie Seagle as County Ranger in 2001. Only two full-time NCFS employees and a seasonal forest service firefighter are responsible for protecting more than 170,000 acres of state and private forestland in the county from wildfires.