2021 Firefighter of the Year

Captain David Hohenthaner

Tampa Fire Rescue

Captain David Hohenthaner is a 22-year veteran with Tampa Fire Rescue. He was awarded a Medal of Valor for assisting the SWAT team for extracting a violent person from an apartment that they had set on fire. His quick actions led to the safe removal of this individual. In addition to this, while Captain Hohenthaner was off duty at a holiday event, an employee at a corporate party collapsed. Within seconds, David had found that this person’s heart had suddenly stopped. David jumped in to coordinate CPR.  Because of his actions this individual made a complete recovery The level of department he creates on a State and National scale for Tampa Fire Rescue is unparalleled as reflected in the “Tampa Fire Rescue New Recruit” video, which won an International Gold Award in Hollywood, California and the “One Team One Fight Explosive Awareness” video which was used to prepare law enforcement prior to the 2012 RNC Captain Hohenthaner has recently developed and presented a new FAA standards course, training the newly assigned District and Division Chiefs. The successful transition of the chain of command within the ARFF Division is a direct reflection of David’s commitment. His passion for helping others is the most distinguishable characteristic which sets him apart from most. Captain Hohenthaner has given back to the community through charitable work, providing services to organizations such as the Leigh Dittman Foundation, Shriners Hospital, Give Kids the World Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, Paint Your Heart Out, and the Laxer Family Foundation. He is the father of two successful young men, Dylan and Jace. His oldest son is following his father’s footsteps working as a Firefighter for Plant City Fire Rescue, while his youngest son studies at Northern Illinois University and is the kicker of the football team.