Before the sun rose, the Lewisville Fire Department ladder truck drove into the Christian Community Action parking lot. Nearly 15 firefighters joined the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club to celebrate paramedic and firefighter John Copeland.

The club recognized Copeland for his service to the city and gave him the Service Above Self Award Thursday morning.

“John’s service goes beyond his regular duties. In his off time he serves as an instructor at the NCTC’s fire academy,” Assistant Chief Mark McNeal said. “He is a leader for our department’s new firefighters. This added responsibility requires John to severely alter his schedule to work with various shifts.”

Joe Dent presents John Copeland with the Service Above Self Award. Copeland is a firefighter and paramedic for Lewisville Fire Department. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)
Joe Dent presents John Copeland with the Service Above Self Award. Copeland is a firefighter and paramedic for Lewisville Fire Department. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)

Copeland has been worked for the department for 25 years. He previously served the nation as a Marine.

Assistant Police Chief Todd Taylor said Copeland feeds his years of experience back into the department.

“He takes new firefighters under his wing and runs the new firefighter orientation when they have new hires come on,” Todd said. “John is dedicated to everyday raising the bar.

Lewisville firefighters gather with some of the rotary members to pose for a group photo following the award ceremony. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)
Lewisville firefighters gather with some of the rotary members to pose for a group photo following the award ceremony. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)

Everyday the known standards are increased. Everyday is better than yesterday.”

Copeland accepted the award by recognizing how we start life wondering what we’re doing and figuring we’re making life choices for our personal investment.

“I finally figured what the job was about. It’s not really about me,” Copeland said. “It’s about all of us in this room. It’s about serving humanity.”