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Boring Fire recognizes 2013 achievements

At its banquet March 15, Boring Fire District gives awards

The Boring Fire District is honoring exceptional members of its team. The district held its annual banquet Saturday, March 15, to announce and recognize 2013 award recipients and the 2014 Boring Clackamas Fire Districts Volunteer Association Officers.

“This team is notably successful because of the exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service that the individuals working together demonstrate,” said Tammy Owen, education and public information officer for the district.

Boring Fire is a combination career and volunteer fire department that mirrors the national fire department average of 80 percent volunteer and 20 percent career fire personnel.

The Boring Fire District handed out awards for honors such as rookie, firefighter and support member of the year; top responder of each station; and milestones in years of service.

Rookie of the Year was awarded to two volunteer firefighters: Thomas Bicket and Mitch Webb. Volunteer firefighter of the year went to Chris Bell. Volunteer Coordinator Steve Deters was recognized as career firefighter and employee of the year. Volunteer Larry Jensen was recognized as support member of the year.

The following top responders were recognized as well: Firefighter Stephen Edwards of Station 140, Firefighter Steven Hartsock of Station 148, Firefighter Mychal McDonald of Station 149, Firefighter Seth Crowder of Station 12 and Firefighter Thomas Bicket of Station 13.

Scott Ballard and Firefighter Donald O’Dell were recognized for 40 years of service and Chief Andy Welk was recognized for 25 years of service. This year’s Boring Clackamas Fire Districts Volunteer Association Officers are Chris Bell, president; Jerry Kearney, vice president, Tiah Schwartz, sergeant at arms; Sean Gremer, secretary; and Daniel Wiesenburg, treasurer.