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Vale chamber honors longtime public servant

Todd Hesse, Vale Fire and Ambulance supervisor, accepts the Public Servant of the Year award from Jessica Kulm, Vale Chamber of Commerce president. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez).

VALE – For Todd Hesse, it’s not about winning, it’s about helping.

That’s the spirit that led the Vale Chamber of Commerce to honor Hesse, a longtime leader of Vale’s fire agency, its Public Servant of the Year Award last month.

Hesse joked that he and his team of “grizzled veterans” do their part “for the money and the fame.” 

 “If you like being sleep deprived, and to not eat meals on time and miss family events, this is the job for you,” he said with a grin.

 “There is glory,” he added, as a more serious tone emerged.  . . .