Sandy Fire District announced award recipients during their annual banquet Saturday, January 7th. A combination career/volunteer fire department, Sandy Fire mirrors the national fire department averages of 80% volunteer and 20% career fire personnel. This team is notably successful because of the exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service that the individuals working together demonstrate. Volunteer and Career staff combined provided an incredible 36,449.61 hours of service to the community in 2011!
In a team, there are always individuals who stand out as examples of what the organization is most proud of, below are those who have gone over and above in demonstrating their ability to work under extreme pressure, and their desire to learn and to teach. It is individuals such as these that challenge us to meet them at the top.
. Probationary Firefighter of the Year – FF Doug Dietrich . Firefighter of the Year – FF Glenn Yeager . Officer of the Year – Capt Martin Grassl – for the 6th Year in a row, 8 total!!
Volunteer FF Doug Dietrich (Probationary Firefighter of the Year) responded to 290 alarms and served as a crew member 76 times, staffing the station both days and evenings. FF Dietrich spent countless hours at the station, assisted with public education events and the sign post program, and consistently impressed everyone with his helpful, friendly attitude.
Volunteer FF Glenn Yeager (Firefighter of the Year) responded to a whopping 691 alarms! FF Yeager staffed the station on days, evenings, weekends. Cumulatively he worked an incredible 125 shifts. Tireless, FF Yeager also completed 262 hours of training, participated in numerous community events and not only served on Volunteer Association committees, but chaired one as well. While these numbers and activities seem impressive individually; when you look at his service as a whole, his achievements are even more impressive. FF Yeager spent an amazing total of 1,230 hours providing service to the district and our community in 2011. Thank you FF Yeager.
Volunteer Capt. Martin Grassl (Officer of the Year) responded to 294 alarms and standbys, staffed 59 Duty Officer shifts and attended 322 training hours. He is often chosen as a mentor by new members who seek him out for his incredible professionalism. Not only does Capt Grassl make himself available to train firefighters, he does so with a constantly smiling face and a contagious positive attitude. Capt. Grassl assisted in several volunteer committees. Capt Grassl is a huge asset to the team and a great leaders within the volunteer organization, which may account for being the recipient of this award an unprecedented 6 times in a row!!
Employee of the Year: Administrative Assistant, Nannette Wilson Nannette joined Sandy Fire in 1996 as a Fire Explorer and went on to become the Administrative Assistant in 1999. Nannette was recognized this year because of her positive, can-do attitude and her extensive work in the community. She demonstrates the values of Sandy Fire District through her commitment to public service. She volunteered to coordinate a Relay for Life Team and logistics for the event, was crowned as a Sandy Mountain Festival Princess, oversaw the applications and the logistics of the Kiwanis Christmas Basket Program and runs the Car Seat Safety Installation Program for Sandy Fire District. Nannette accomplished all of this with a smile on her face and a seamlessly endless supply of energy and enthusiasm.
P.R.I.D.E. Awards (Professionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Dedication, Education) These awards represent the core values of our fire district. Recipients are chosen based on their attitude and actions that demonstrate the elements of what our fire district believes characterizes a true public servant and professional team member. Their service over and above emergency response, communicates to the public and their co-workers, the depth of their commitment. Their contributions inspire and instill others with confidence that individuals can and do make a difference. Their focus on the greater good serves as an example of what we all aspire to.
Firefighter and Volunteer Association President, Laurie Smallwood Firefighter Dave Evans Firefighter Chris Sparks Deputy Chief Phil Schneider Firefighter Rayner Yoshioka Bookkeeper Ann Rogers
Gerald New, News Towing
Gerald owns News Towing, a company based in our community since 1978 and has been an AAA provider for 29 years. Gerald has provided Sandy Fire with wrecked vehicles to be used in extrication training for 30 years. Donating the cost of towing the vehicles to and from the station has been a tremendous benefit to the department. Gerald and his drivers are subjected to the same horrific sights, smells and sounds that our professional rescuers encounter and he and his crew handle each and every crash with professionalism and confidentiality. Gerald has become a true friend of Sandy Fire and is considered a partner. Recently Gerald invented a fluid recovery system to ensure that no oil and antifreeze pollutes the environment, demonstrating his commitment not only to the fire district but to the greater community as well.
Years of Service Recognition:
- 25 years of service: Photographer Steve Wolf and Board Member Joe Barnett
- 20 years of service: Firefighter Brook Karstetter
- 15 years of service: Firefighter Andy Crofts
- 10 years of service: Firefighter Eric Gatchell
- 5 years of service: Firefighters Dale Clarke, Rayner Yoshioka, Matt Christie, TJ Zander and Bookkeeper Ann Rogers
Sandy Fire District took this opportunity to swear in our newest firefighters.
Doug Dietrich, Jon Dikeman, Rick Guilbault, James Thomas, Brandon Tidd, and Jason Vanderpool. These volunteer firefighters have completed a year of training
Sandy Fire Volunteer Association Officers for 2012 Dale Clarke, President Laurie Smallwood, 2nd Vice President Jeremy Parker, 1st Vice President Dave Evans, Secretary Robert Oun, Treasurer Duston Yacapin, Sergeant of Arms
Contact Info: For additional information or to schedule a photo opportunity or interview with any of the Fire Service Members listed above contact: Alice Busch at 971-563-3051 cell, or 503-237-4152 pager.