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Boring Fire District recognizes excellence

The fire district's annual awards identify the firefighters and officers who set examples for all

The Boring Fire District announced award recipients during its annual banquet in February. Fire department members who have shown exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service were given awards and recognition.

'The individuals listed here have demonstrated the ability to work under extreme pressure, and the desire to learn and to teach,' said Alice Busch, spokeswoman for the department. 'It is individuals such as these that challenge us to meet them at the top.'

Top awards are chosen by various officers of the Boring Fire District, Busch said.

Top awards

Firefighters Derich Hofman and Mike McGuire each was selected as Rookie of the Year.

Hofman participates in public education and station activities and responded to 176 alarms. He also participated in 46 duty crews and 254 hours of training.

McGuire participates in public education and station activities and responded to 288 alarms. He also worked on 227 duty crews and 297 hours of training in 2010.

Firefighter Cody Reynolds was chosen as Firefighter of the Year. Reynolds participates in numerous public education and station activities. He completed 151 training hours, responded to 149 alarms and worked on 48 evening and 64 overnight duty crews last year.

Lt. Rick Searls earned the honor of Officer of the Year. Searls is a station leader and active in station activities. He leads by example and is truly committed to the service of his community. In addition to attendance at officers meetings and participation in the 1409 program and in mutual-aid, Searls completed 281 training hours and responded to 112 alarms.

Fire Marshal Don Patty was named Employee of the Year. Patty is a positive, fair and dedicated officer. He has developed a close working relationship with all city and county authorities with jurisdiction.

Patty has provided input at the state on the adoption of fire codes for more than 25 years. His can-do attitude and constant smile inspire those around him. His enthusiasm and passion for fire safety is contagious, and his level of professionalism and quality of work are unmatched.

Other awards

The Distinguished Service Award was earned by Firefighter Kerry Owen. He was recognized for his act of professionalism and dedication when faced with adversity on the morning of Jan. 3, while on his way to work.

Owen jumped into action when he discovered a man down. He performed CPR on the man until emergency workers could arrive and take over. He was recognized for fulfilling his duties properly.

Special recognition was given to the Boring Fire Extrication Team, which includes Capt. Andy Welk, Lt. Jason Franklin and firefighters Kevin Miller, Larry Moyer, Kerry Owen, Sandor Pongracz and Shane Thomas.

'This team continues to demonstrate the fantastic and lifesaving teamwork attitude that is so valued in the fire service,' Busch said.

The team serves as an excellent representation of the caliber of professionals who serve the Boring Fire District. In September 2010, the team competed in the North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

In this international competition, Boring was the top placing team from the United States, and secured fifth place overall (two United Kingdom teams, Switzerland and Canada also placed in the top four).

Announced at the banquet are the Boring Fire District's volunteer association's new officers: president, Rick Searls; vice president, Adam Brennan; and secretary-treasurer, Amy Morrison.