Monday, July 22, 2019
Aaron Hale, pictured left, of Modern Woodmen of America presents the Hometown Hero Award to Vienna Fire Chief and Johnson County Treasurer Brent Williams.

Williams receives Hometown Hero Award

By Jessica Wettig

While attending his child’s ball game on Friday night, Vienna Fire Chief and Johnson County Treasurer Brent Williams was surprised when it was announced he was receiving the Hometown Hero Award.

“I was completely caught off guard,” he said.

This award is given to community members who go above and beyond their initial duties.

Williams attended Vienna High School, and later received an Associate in Mortuary Science at Arapahote Community College in Little Town, Colo. He attended an online program. He later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from SIU.

Williams worked at Bailey Funeral Home for 10 years before joining the Fire Department, where he has worked 27 years. He worked as a professional photographer until three years ago.

Williams become Treasurer in 2014, and Fire Chief in 2015. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children: Kaleb, 18, and Emma, 14.

Williams spends his spare times attending sporting events for his children, fishing, hunting deer, four-wheel riding and does some work with the Masonic Lodge.

He said this award isn’t something he expected, because this isn’t why he does the work he does. He said he is among many people with these passions.

“We do it because we love it,” he said.

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