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Local man named EMT of the Year
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For Ryan Roth, nothing but the best is acceptable.

The 24-year-old was named not only Emergency Medical Technician of the Year in Clayton County, but for his region which includes most of the metro Atlanta area.

EMT of the Year is awarded to an individual who shows above average skills and quality in responding to calls. The award also takes into account the lifestyle the person lives outside of the job.

The Newton County High School graduate went to the University of West Georgia to major in business management. However, he quickly knew that he wanted to do something else with his life.
Roth said he wanted to do something with his life that would help others.

"It wasn't giving back as much as I wanted to," Roth said.

After leaving UWG and spending some time in New Zealand on missionary work, Roth applied for the fire department in Clayton County.

On June 25, Roth graduated from his fire training academy as the Top Rung.

The honor is awarded to a graduate who exemplified top academic, physical fitness and leadership skills.

In Clayton County, the fire department responds to both fire and medical emergencies. Because the department handles both, Roth said that his area "is known to be the toughest to run in."

Roth works 24 hours shifts switching between fire and EMT patrol. After the 24 shift, Roth has 48 hours off.

During his two days off, Roth works as a personal trainer at 24-7 Fit off of the Covington bypass.

In addition to his already busy schedule, Roth is also attending paramedic school now and has about two years before he finishes. Once he graduates from paramedic school, Roth will be able to command his own ambulance.

Despite working the long hours, Roth said he loves working at the Clayton County Fire Department.

"I can't imagine doing anything else," Roth said. "It was what I was designed for."