Firefighters honored

CJ-1226-fire1-3CHOUSTON – Chickasaw County volunteer firefighters took a break from their busy schedules of work and assisting the community for the annual banquet and awards ceremony Dec. 13.

Several members of the VFD were awarded for their service and dedication to the community.

Jonathan Gill was a double-award winner, receiving plaques as both the Most Improved Firefighter and the Roy Gray Memorial Firefighter of the Year.

Gill, 18, began serving with the Thorn VFD two years ago and now is a volunteer with the Houston VFD. He was honored to receive both awards this year.

“It means a lot to win out of all those people,” Gill said.

“It means I must be doing something right,” he added with a smile.

Linda Griffin was the recipient of the Star of Life award for responding to the most medical calls. Griffin attended 35 percent of the 316 medical calls registered in 2012.

Service awards were given to Stevie Brassfield for five years of service, Wes Lowe for ten years of service and Curt Jernigan for 30 years of service.

Other awards included the Cold Sheets award for the firefighters responding most to non-medical calls between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the Top Nozzle award for those who worked the highest percentage of fire calls during the year.

In 2012, 156 fire calls were reported with 19 calls between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 316 medical calls were reported and 472 total calls for assistance were met.


Top Nozzle awards

Linda Griffin, 62 percent

Robert Goza, 43 percent

Bobby Sanderson, 39 percent

Bruce Burkeen, 35 percent

Kay Davis, 33 percent


Cold Sheets awards

Bruce Burkeen, 47 percent

Robert Goza, 47 percent

Linda Griffin, 37 percent

Kay Davis, 37 percent

Curt Jernigan, 37 percent

Hunter Powell, 32 percent


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