Central Crossing Fire announces promotions, awards at banquet
December 27, 2017
The Central Crossing Fire Protection District recently held their annual awards banquet, honoring the achievements of the hardworking firefighters and first responders who volunteer their time and talents to the district. This year, 10 firefighters were honored for their achievements.
Central Crossing Fire Chief Rusty Rickard presented the awards to the firefighters at Tuesday’s banquet. Each year, they hold the event to honor and recognize those who do so much as volunteers. This year, awards were given for dedication to the department as well as recognitions for years of service.
This year, Central Crossing promoted five volunteers. Preston Forsythe was promoted from firefighter to driver engineer. Steven Gerleve was promoted from firefighter to captain. Mike Price was promoted from captain to batallion one. Ed Hoefler was promoted from captain to battalion two. Finally, Kyle Moore was promoted from lieutenant to batallion three.
The district also awarded firefighters for their time served. Firefighters from the department had years of service milestones from five years to 25 years. Officers with years of service milestones were honored with a pin for their shirt and a certificate. The firefighter with the most of service was Doug Stockton with 25 years. Other firefighters honored for years of service were: Preston Forsythe, Steven Gerleve and Rick Evans, five years; Matt Privett and Kyle Moore, ten years; Tonya Rickard, 15 years; and Sandra Wilson, 20 years.
The district also awarded firefighters with three special and distinct awards: the fully involved award, first responder of the year award and the firefighter of the year award. This year’s fully involved award was awarded to Steven Gerleve. Gerleve was presented the awarded for his hours of training and responses throughout the previous year. This year, Gerleve had a total of 289 hours for the department. Of those, Gerleve had training classes with 139 logged activity hours and 150 hours of training. Gerleve also had 36 training classes, showing his dedication to the department. Rickard noted that his work schedule keeps him out of the district for a third of the time.
The first responder of the year award was presented to Matt Privett. Each year, the first responder award is given for an individual’s response to medical calls as well as training attended. Privett had a total of 233 hours. Of those, 67 were training hours and 166 were activity hours. Last year, Privett went to 101 medical calls and 61 fire calls as well as 23 training classes. Privett’s work schedule limits his attendance to 54 percent.
Finally, the firefighter of the year award was presented to Preston Forsythe. Each year, the award is presented based on fire call response and the amount of training attended. Forsythe had a total of 121 fire-related calls and 62 medical calls. Overall, Forsythe had 132 activity and on-call hours for a total of 247 hours for the year. Forsythe responded to 183 calls last year. Forsythe also had almost a perfect training attendance at 45 training classes.
The banquet is the culmination of year for Central Crossing to give firefighters recognition for their hard work throughout the year.