Sandy Fire District announced award recipients during their annual banquet Saturday, January 5th. 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 38,780 hours of service to the community in 2012!
We had a record 1,886 alarms in 2012.
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 Felipe Zamora
* Firefighter of the Year - FF Christian Fritz
* Officer of the Year - Capt. Martin Grassl - for the 7th Year in a row, 9 total!!
Volunteer Firefighter Felipe Zamora (Probationary Firefighter of the Year) responded to 317 alarms and served as a crew member 52 times, staffing the station both days and evenings. FF Zamora spent countless hours at the station, assisted with community events, and is consistently helpful and with a friendly attitude.
Volunteer FF Christian Fritz (Firefighter of the Year) responded to 499 alarms! FF Fritz staffed the station on days, evenings, and weekends. Cumulatively he worked an incredible 191 shifts. While these numbers and activities seem impressive individually; when you look at his service as a whole, his achievements are even more impressive. FF Fritz spent over 2,300 hours providing service to the district and our community in 2012. Thank you FF Fritz. He chairs the explorer posts, helps with recruit drills and just finished Paramedic School.
Volunteer Capt. Martin Grassl (Officer of the Year) responded to 247 alarms and standbys, staffed 45 Duty Officer shifts and attended 144 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 great leaders within the volunteer organization, which may account for being the recipient of this award an unprecedented 7 times in a row!! He is dependable & community oriented and always willing to help.
Employee of the Year Former Public Information & Education Officer Alice Busch was selected because of her display of grace and humility during her final year with the District. Even after job was reduced to part time, she continued to do her best to serve, inform, and educate our citizens. She was a very hard working person who genuinely cared for her co-workers and the community. Alice's knowledge and enthusiasm shown thru in everything she did. Her 14 years with Sandy Fire District not only made a huge impact on the fire department but the Sandy community as well.
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 characterize 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 be.
Firefighter Justin Hernandez
Firefighter Doug Dietrich
Firefighter Jeremy Parker
Firefighter Casey O'Donnell
Firefighter Duston Yacapin
Firefighter Glenn Yeager
Firefighter Laurie Smallwood
Firefighter Chris Sparks
Firefighter David Evans
Board Award John Johnson joined Sandy Fire Department as a volunteer in 1960, prior to the legal formation of Sandy Rural Fire Protection District #72. He served for 15 years and retired in 1975 as an Assistant Chief. John was a member of the fire District during a turbulent time when the District hired a new fire chief from New Jersey. Nearly half of the current volunteers at that time quit, but John stayed. He worked on the Sandy volunteer ambulance for 6 years. He felt strongly about caring for fire and medical victims, especially after providing initial services. He tried to implement a program that would provide follow-up to make sure that the victims were doing OK. He felt that the human side of those experiences needed to be taken care of by someone. This eventually turned into our chaplain program. John has logged over 22,000 hours as a commercial pilot with 11,000 of those hours in a helicopter doing logging, crop spraying, and construction work. He was a flight instructor for 38 years. In some cases John flew injured workers from his work sites to the hospital, helping to save their lives. John was an early version of Life Flight.
Years of Service Recognition:
- 35 years of service: Lieutenant. Ron Schneider
- 25 years of service: Firefighter Kip Courser
- 20 years of service: Firefighter Mark Gunderson and Firefighter Gary McLean
- 15 years of service: Firefighter Rex Sconce and Firefighter Johaneson
- 10 years of service: Photographer Robyn Wolf, Lieutenant David Holmes Firefighters Jon McKay, Sean Kelly, Travis Syring, and Board Member Andrew Brian
- 5 years of service: Firefighters Robert Oun, Laurie Smallwood, Jon Turcotte
Sandy Fire District took this opportunity to swear in our newest firefighters.
Shawn Crawford, Justin Hernandez, Quentin Hines, Kyle Konell, James McCamman, Steve Merchant, Trent Morrison, Collin Olcott, Nate Parker, Ron Warren, Nicholas Waters, Felipe Zamora. These volunteer firefighters have completed a year of training
Sandy Fire Volunteer Association Officers for 2013
Jeremy Parker, President
Dale Clarke, 2nd Vice President
Casey O'Donnell, 1st Vice President
Glenn Yeager, Secretary
Doug Dietrich, Treasurer
Brandon Tidd, Sergeant of Arms