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Fire department hands out yearly awards

by: Submitted Photo - Kasey Skaar


   Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 announced award recipients during its annual awards banquet in February. Several Fire District Volunteers who have shown exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service were given plaques and recognition.
   The individuals demonstrated commitment and the desire to help improve emergency services in Jefferson County, according to Fire Chief Earl Cordes. "It is individuals such as these that challenge us to be the best in today's fire service."
   Rookie of the Year was awarded to Kasey Skaar.
   The Rookie of the Year award recognizes a volunteer who has been with the organization less than 18 months. The criteria for selection is based on attendance at training, response to alarms and the individual efforts each candidate demonstrates for special assignments and weekend events.
   The Firefighter of the Year award recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated leadership in his/her position. For the Culver station, Trevor Beebe, received the award, and for the Madras station, Mike Throop.
   The criteria for selection is based on attendance at training, response to alarms, involvement in special assignments and participating in extra committee events. "This year's recipients have done just that and a lot more," said Cordes.
   Additional awards were also presented in the categories of the alarming award, training award and service pins. The alarming award recognizes a volunteer who has responded to the most calls in the year.
   The Madras Station recipients of the Alarming Award are as follows: first alarm, Tracy Graves, 143; second alarm, Shaun Bush, 110; third alarm, Alan Hume, 108.
   The Culver Station recipients of the Alarming Award are as follows: first alarm, Hilario Diaz, 81; second alarm, Dan Pettersen, 75; third alarm, Nancy Dodge, 71.
   The Training Award recipient for the Madras station is Tracy Graves, and the Culver station, Trevor Beebe.
   Years of Service pins were awarded to the following Volunteer members: five years, Kirk Hagman, Joe Roberts, Lance Roberts, Nathan St. John, and Jesse St. John; 10 years, Mark Carman; 15 years, Jim Brown; and 30 years, Rick Allen.