Originally Published: May 17, 2011 9:59 p.m.
Nick Fournier is not your typical public servant.
The youngest of 10 children in his family, Nick followed in one of his brothers' footsteps to become a firefighter. He also is a paramedic and, as of this past week, added certified police officer to his resume.
For him, it is about respect for police officers. Adding that training to his skills and abilities, one can tell Nick is all about serving his fellow man.
"People forget that officers are doing their job, and part of their job is to protect people," he said.
It is a good fit, especially since he will continue as a Central Yavapai Fire District firefighter and paramedic - and deploy as a SWAT medic when needed.
"We knew he was going to be in situations where he'd need to protect himself and others around him while performing his duties, so we determined he needed the best training, and that was as a fully certified law enforcement officer," Prescott Valley Police Lt. James Edelstein said of Nick, his training and the job he will be doing.
Nick's family told the Courier how proud they are of him, particularly because this achievement is one for the record books: He is the first Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) graduate certified as a firefighter, paramedic and police officer.
Kudos to the police for adding a medic to their team - it makes perfect sense - and congratulations to the other 32 graduates of NARTA's Class 30. "Protect and serve" is more than a motto, it's a mission.
And, to Nick, we appreciate your drive and commitment to this community and its residents' safety.