Manhattan Beach Firefighter and Paramedic Christian McArthur has been selected as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year, the department announced in a statement Friday.
The eight-year veteran receives the honor after being chosen by his peers, according to Captain Tyler Wade.
“He’s very motivational and an inspiration to me daily,” said Wade, a 15-year veteran who added McArthur earned the votes because of his positivity and dedication. “It’s an honor to be able to work alongside guys like him.”
"I'm honored and humbled to be chosen this year, but I work with a lot of firefighters that are every bit as deserving," McArthur said. "We work as a team out there."
McArthur, a second generation firefighter whose father worked for Torrance Fire Department, helps train other firefighters and is exceptionally involved in the department, according to Chief Daryn Drum.
He also leads social media branding, including MBFD’s Instagram account, @ManhattanBeachFire, which has gained nearly 1,000 followers since McArthur volunteered to create it in 2018.
“In assuming this responsibility, Christian trained on utilizing social media for public safety communications,” Drum explained. “(He) keeps the community informed on efforts the city’s firefighters make daily.”
The chief said McArthur displays selfless traits and maintains a great attitude, eager to volunteer for any task.
“When I notified him that he was selected for this, he said ‘You know what Chief, there are so many people in this department that are more deserving of this,’” Drum mused of McArthur’s humility. “I told him I don’t think so.”
McArthur, who is also a newlywed, is set to be honored at Manhattan Beach city council meeting Tuesday, June 3.