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News Release
Sandy Fire District Recognizes Outstanding Service - 01/09/20

Sandy Fire District announced award recipients during their annual banquet Saturday, January 4th.  Sandy Fire is a combination paid/volunteer fire District.  This team is notably successful because of the exemplary character, work ethic and commitment to service that the individuals working together demonstrate.  Volunteer and paid staff combined provided an incredible 21,060 hours of service to the community in 2019!  We responded to 2,383 alarms and logged 9,547 training hours.

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.

Board Award – Mark Horst

The Board Award was presented to Mark Horst.  Mark started working with Sandy Fire District around 2005 on our MDC’s (Mobil Data Computers) and their programing. Mark did extensive work on both the old CAD system as well as the newest version we use today. He is still instrumental with helping programing and updating our GPS Mapping, MDC setup and operations. Basically, when we have a problem with the MDC’s, we call Mark and he fixes it!  We appreciate and recognize Mark’s continued dedication and ongoing support of Sandy Fire District.

Probationary Firefighter of the Year – Firefighter Elizabeth Straub

Probationary Firefighter Elizabeth Straub responded to 363 alarms and served 936 hours as a crew member.  Firefighter Straub completed her probationary year with over 322 hours of training.  “Lizzy is a diligent and hard worker.  She is always smiling and willing to help out.” according to Division Chief Jason McKinnon. 

Firefighter of the Year – Firefighter Glenn Yeager

Volunteer Firefighter Glenn Yeager had 223 hours of training, 1,528 crew hours and responded to 447 alarms, providing 1,856 hours of service to the District and community!  The Firefighter of the Year award recognizes the desire to serve the community, sacrifice, perseverance and dedication of an individual. To be the Firefighter of the Year is the highest honor a firefighter can receive. This is Firefighter Yeager’s seventh time earning this award.

Top Responder Awards

The 5 Top Responders for 2019 included:

  • Glenn Yeager - 447 Alarms
  • Dakota Balosso – 241 Alarms
  • Jackson Unis – 220 Alarms
  • Nolan O’Meara – 197 Alarms
  • Aharon Curtis – 189 Alarms

Years of Service Recognition:

  • 25 years of service: Lt. Todd Kennedy
  • 20 years of service: Office Manager Nannette Howland      
  • 15 years of service: Apparatus Operator Glenn Yeager
  • 10 years of service: Apparatus Operator Jeremy Parker
  • 5 years of service:  Apparatus Operator Eric Pedersen

Photos attached provided by Sandy Fire District Support Member Teresa Merrell (All photos are left to right)

Photo 1 – Top Responder Award Recipients – Aharon Curtis, Nolan O’Meara, Jackson Unis, Dakota Balosso, Glenn Yeager

Photo 2 – Proby of the Year Award - Elizabeth Straub, Division Chief Scott Howland

Photo 3 – Firefighter of the Year Award – Division Chief Jason McKinnon, Glenn Yeager

For additional information or to schedule a photo opportunity or interview with any of the Fire Service Members listed above contact:  Nannette Howland at 503.668.8093.


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