Friday, April 28, 2017

Lebanon Firefighters Sprint From District Awards Banquet To Fight Structure Fire; One Civilian Injured (Photo)

LEBANON FIREFIGHTERS SPRINT FROM DISTRICT AWARDS BANQUET TO FIGHT STRUCTURE FIRE; ONE CIVILIAN INJURED (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 1:53 PM
Downloadable file: (L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
On April 27th the members of the Lebanon Fire District gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of their peers. The District held it's annual banquet at the Boulder Falls Event Center which was attended by over 100 district members and their family. LFD members range between less than one year of service all the way up to their most senior volunteer, Captain Bob Berry, who marked his 58th year with the district.

Firefighters from the Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District provided coverage for Lebanon during the event in an attempt to allow on-duty members to attend the ceremony. Their coverage was quickly put to use, as a working structure fire with possible trapped victims was reported just as the awards banquet got underway. On-duty LFD crews quickly responded from the banquet, and along with the Albany and Sweet Home crews they extinguished the blaze and transported one victim to Lebanon Community Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The Lebanon Fire District administration is extremely proud of the work that their members do each day, and they know that their members are just as proud of their peers. "We are fortunate to work with such an incredibly inspiring group of people every day, and the community of Lebanon is lucky to have such a dedicated group serving on behalf of the Lebanon Fire District." said Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe.

Below is a list of this years award recipients:

Glenn "Pappy" Yocum Memorial EMS Award- Jacob Mellander

Jacob is an excellent paramedic with a great bedside manner. Jacob has received several letters of commendation from patients who state how well they were treated. He shows great commitment, confidence and compassion.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Volunteer Firefighter of the Year- Brad McInnis

Brad has become an integral part of the Lebanon Fire District over the past year. He has stepped up and helped out with training and many District events. It is obvious that Brad enjoys what he does and pushes himself to become better all the time.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Career Firefighter of the Year- Blaine Suing

Blaine is an outstanding firefighter on emergency scenes and in daily operations. His pride in ownership is apparent in the way he takes care of the District apparatus. He always works extremely hard and does a fantastic job.

Jeff Cole Memorial Volunteer Officer of the Year-John Paul Crowe

John Paul is a great advocate for his community and his station. He is a very competent and confident responder. He always has a great attitude and willingness to help and teach others.

Jeff Cole Memorial Career Officer of the Year- Nick Tyler

Nick has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members to the District. He is a great motivator, teacher and leader. He is always willing to help and give others advice.

Bob Berry Outstanding Volunteer Member Award- Troy VanLoovan

Troy is dedicated and has become one of our most valuable volunteers over the past year. From incident response to cooking hotdogs to spreading gravel at substations, he can always be counted on. He is always up for a challenge, and obtained his Fire Officer 1 this year.

Bob Berry Outstanding Career Member Award- Annette Duerr

Annette is an exceptional employee who works tirelessly at her desk. She is extremely efficient and exceeded industry standards in percentage of revenue (I need to double check this). She is a pleasure to have around the front office.

Intern Firefighter of the Year- Jason Read

Jason has surpassed all expectations of his new intern role this last year. He is a very hard worker and completed countless inspections. He takes his job very seriously and is a true professional to the public.

Support Volunteer of the Year- Kathryn Sears

Kathryn Sears is a fantastic support volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand in whatever area needs some extra attention. We're thankful for her efforts and willingness to help the district.

Rookie of the Year- Casey Topp

Casey is a passionate member of the District. He is very involved with drill and District events. His dedication and love for the job is apparent to all who work with him.

Bruce Parton Community Service Award- Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan

Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan perform a large amount of community outreach for the District. Bob and Troy have cooked thousands of hotdogs and burgers over the years for various community events. They truly have made an impact in this community.
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