Sheridan, OR [February 11th 2017]: As the Fire District members arrived to the Monroe Event Center they prepare themselves for another night of delicious food, awards and entertainment. 2016 was filled with great memories, community events and some great training opportunities. We also saw the passing of our retired Chief Larry Eckhardt, who we will all miss dearly.
Dinner was catered by Uncle Jack’s Bar-B-Que. They prepared a tasty dinner of brisket with three tasty salads, baked beans, rolls and for desert an assortment of cake. The Fire District and Volunteer Association would like to thank the wonderful people from Uncle Jack’s for making us such a great dinner, it really added to our night.
After dinner we had the awards portion. The 2016 recipients were: Probationary Firefighter of the year Christopher Hoopingarner, EMS Volunteer of the Year Jackson Ryan, Fire Volunteer of the Year Tricia Young, Resident Volunteer of the Year Bailey Black, Chief’s Firefighter of the year Award Cody Coonrod, Chief’s EMS of the Year Award Jakob Sessa, John Fancher Memorial Award for Fire Tricia Young and Cody Coonrod, 5 years of service award Shane O’Connell and Cody Heidt, 10 years of Service Wesley Rolfson, 15 years of service Rebecca Prevett, 55 years of service Donald Cooley.
We also had some entertainment put on by Wesley Rolfson. He gave out awards for to the members in recognition of the silly and amazing things individuals had done throughout 2016. Some of the highlights from these “Paper plate” awards include an award for best mustache, going above and beyond during a medical call, and recognizing someone for their commitment to helping others. We ended the night with another amazing video presentation created by Wesley Rolfson highlighting the various activities, incidents and memorable moments for the members of the fire district.The fire district would like to thank all those who helped put on the banquet this year. We would also like to thank our members for all their hard work and dedication to this community. Without our volunteers and career staff we would not be able to accomplish so much and help so many people in our community. We would also like to thank the families of our members for allowing our members to come down and respond to emergency calls, attend community events and give up their Wednesday nights so our members can attend weekly training.