Michael Dale “Mikey” Garrett was born on October 7, 1985, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, to Dale and Faith Garrett. Mikey was the middle of five children, having an older sister and brother and two younger sisters. Mikey’s passion in life was helping others; he also had a great sense of humor, a smile for everyone, and he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Mikey began his EMS and firefighter career at the age of 15 by attending the Junior EMS Camp at Harrison County EMS. At age 16, he became a junior firefighter at Nutter Fort Fire Department. His love for the EMS field led him to complete all classes to test and obtain his EMT-B certification a few weeks after his 18th birthday. From there, Mikey went on to obtain his EMT-I certification and was due to graduate from Pierpont Community and Technical College in May 2014 with an associate degree in emergency services.
During his career, Mikey worked with numerous volunteer fire departments and EMS agencies in several counties in West Virginia and several surrounding states. He was employed at Upshur County EMS as an EMT-I, as an instructor for RESA 7 at WVU Fire School, and as firefighter/EMT-I and treasurer at Nutter Fort Fire Department.
In addition to training for the fire and EMS fields, Mikey attended Department of Homeland Security training in Anniston, Alabama.
While juggling college classes, work, and volunteering, Mikey still found time for family functions and parties, vacations with family and friends, and events such as the Tough Mudder with friends.
A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Mikey to assist residents of West Virginia in obtaining their EMT-B or EMT-P certifications.
Mikey is survived by his parents; sisters, Julie, Anna and Katie; brother, Justin; maternal grandparents, Joe and Nancy Scardina; several nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family members.