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Firefighters recognized for service to Sandy in 2014

Glenn Yeager receives Sandy Fire's 2014 Firefighter of the Year award

Local firefighters who give their all were recognized by their peers on the weekend of Jan. 10.

Sandy Fire District held its annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 10, to honor the hard work its 13 paid staff members and 55 volunteers accomplished in 2014. The district's volunteers and paid staff provided 34,523 hours of service to the community, responding to 1,999 alarms and engaging in 8,187 training hours.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Glenn Yeager, left, received Sandy Fires 2014 Firefighter of the Year award. He was also recognized as a top responder, a PRIDE award winner and a volunteer of 10 years.

Ethan Pearson, who responded to 663 alarms and served on a crew 127 times, was recognized as probationary firefighter of the year.

Glenn Yeager, who responded to 428 alarms and provided almost 1,100 hours of service, was chosen firefighter of the year. Beyond his responder service, Yeager chairs the explorer program and the Sportsman’s Breakfast committee, helps with recruit drills and serves on the Water Rescue Team.

Both Pearson and Yeager are volunteers.

The top responder awards for 2014 went to Doug Dietrich, who responded to 522 alarms; Yeager for 428 alarms; Michael Baker, 360 alarms; Rayner Yoshioka, 247 alarms; and Trent Morrison, 224 alarms.

Probationary firefighters such as Pearson are not eligible for the award, as they are required to spend so much time at the fire station.

PRIDE awards, given for the embodiment of professionalism, responsibility, integrity, dedication and education, which are considered the core values of Sandy Fire District, were given to firefighters Yeager, Jamie McCamman, Jon Brenner, Dietrich, Matt Christie, Casey O’Donnell, John Turcotte, Duston Yacapin, Yoshioka, Captain Andy Crofts and Fire Chief Phil Schneider.

Cliff Jensen, who recently died, was recognized by the Sandy Fire Board for his support. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Ethan Pearson was recognized as Sandy Fires 2014 Probationary Firefighter of the Year.

He participated in public education events such as Relay for Life, First Fridays, the Sportman’s Breakfast, the Sandy Mountain Festival and Car Seat Safety Week.

“The energy around the fire station would change when Cliff walked through the door,” said Board Director Berglund. “Anyone who knew Cliff looked up to him.”

Jensen’s wife Lorinda accepted the award.

Here are others recognized and their number of years served:

• Berglund, 35 years

• Firefighter Todd Kennedy, 20 years

• Officer Manager Nannette Howland, 15 years

• Yeager, 10 years

• Firefighters Christian Fritz, O’Donnell, Jeremy Parker and Yacapin, five years;

In addition, several firefighters who are no longer with the Sandy Fire District were recognized for milestone service.

• Alan Bowen and Dalles Olsen were awarded plaques for two to four years of service.

• Mat Rios, five years of service

• Robert Oun, six years of service, and Jeremy Shiflett, eight years of service, were awarded plaques and helmets signed by their peers.

Five firefighters were recognized for their service of more than 10 years with a helmet and shadowbox, including:

• Richard Dyal, 18 years

• Gary McLean, 22 years

• Kip Courser, 27 years

• Steve Wolf, 28 years; and

• Pat Beckman, 41 years.