For The Vista
Fairfield Glade Fire Department held its Firefighter awards banquet on October 14. This was the night for recognizing the achievements and the contributions of the firefighters and the Ladies Auxiliary and our retired firefighters.
Among their honored guests for the evening were: Cumberland County Mayor, Kenneth Carey; Cumberland County Fire Chief, Jeff Dodson; State Representative, Cameron Sexton; Community Club General Manager, Bob Weber; Retired Fairfield Glade Fire Chief, Will Gilray.
Chief Howard Robb reminded those in attendance of all that the department has accomplished in 2013. He also told the attendees that “tonight, we celebrate 40 years for the Fairfield Glade Fire Department. It was 40 years ago a man by the name of Flo Heineman was charged with setting up a new fire Department in Fairfield Glade, and here we are 40 years later still carrying the torch as we continue to grow and enhance this fire department.”
There have been many dedicated Firefighters who have semi-retired and continue to work behind the scenes to help this Department look good. They work keeping our hydrants looking sharp thanks to their leader Ron Horstman.
Members of the Hydrant Crew are: Jay Damron; Dick Edler; James Horner; Denver Hoskins; Jim Hyde; and Bill White.
Chief Robb recognized the achievements of the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser that started at station 1 with only 8 to 10 tables in the early 1970’s. In 2013, they served some 4,735 meals. He noted this is due to the participation of our residents, visitors and to the dedication of the planning committee: Pat Donohue; Ray Kratt; Jim Davis; Terry Kaines; and Mark David.
The Pancake Breakfast Fundraising events make it possible to purchase needed equipment plus fund their extensive training schedule.
The Department appreciates the time and dedication of their wives of the Ladies Auxiliary as they continue to work very hard at all these events.
A special “Thank You” was given to the Faithful Retires & their wives who continue to work the Pancake Breakfast, they were:
Bill & Betty Baxter: 15 years of service and 3 years volunteering; Rich & Joan Eineke: 11years of service and 11 years volunteering; Ron & Connie Ekis: 14 years of service and 4 years volunteering; Jack & Theo Landry: 16 years of service and 2 years volunteering; Al & Cindy Love: 13 years of service and 3 years volunteering; Bud & Eileen Metzger: 7 years of service and 8 years volunteering; Dick & Carol Van Gilder: 6 years of service and 1 year volunteering; and Fred & Judy Weller: 19 years of service and 3 years volunteering.
Plaques were awarded to the 2013 New Retirees in appreciation for their service. Mike Douell 8 years of service; Ken Hutchinson, 17 years of service; and John Simms, 10 years of service.
Service certificates for 15 years of service were awarded to: Jim Etzel and Bill White.
Service certificates for 10 years of service were awarded to: Dane Bryant. Bob Citkovic, Dick Edler, Woody Geisler, Bob King, Ed Ostrowski, John Simms, Jerry Turner and Dan Woodard.
Service certificates for 5 years of service were awarded to: Roland Gamelin and Chip Kithcart.
The highlight of the evening, and the banquet came, with the naming of the Firefighter of the year. This award exemplifies professionalism and a dedication to service in our community. To the delight of everyone in attendance the 2013 Firefighter of the year is Captain Bob Bennett.
Bob had a family emergency and was not able to attend the event, so they will have more on Captain Bennett later in another article, but for now our sincere congratulations.
One of the department’s greatest accomplishments was the replacement of the first Engine #5 with a new 2010 Engine. Engine #4 and is now completely outfitted and operational. This would have not been possible except for two key individuals, who planed and carried out this achievement — Jim Etzel, their Records Officer, and a special friend of this department Bruce Jodarski, owner of “Best Used Trucks” located on Peavine road.
Once again, Chief Robb stated that the department has achieved some great results by working together as a cohesive team.
“With our continued hard work, I feel very strongly that we can once again achieve this high level of success for the residents of Fairfield Glade,” he said. “Because of the dedication of our firefighters, our retired firefighters, and our wives, this department will continue to be successful.
“We’ve come a long way from our beginnings and with your efforts I know our excellence will continue for many years to come.”
Finally the chief thanked the residents and the Time Share visitors for their great support of our pancake breakfasts, and their continuing contributions to the department.
In closing, Chief Robb congratulated all our dedicated firefighters, for a safe and successful 2013. The rest of the evening was spent dancing to the music of D.J. & Donna Garrison.