KINGMAN – The Kingman Fire Department, their families, friends and community leaders gathered Friday night at the Hampton Inn for their Second Annual Awards and Commendations Event.
Chief Jake Rhoads and Assistant Chief Keith Eaton recognized seven retirees, eight promotions and 29 new hires for training, safety and fire prevention officers, firefighters, paid-on-call firefighters and communication specialists (dispatchers).
There were 15 commendations for volunteering, community service and to dispatchers for their efforts in leading to the apprehension of a burglary suspect Feb. 18. Among those commended was Fire Captain Tanner Miller for spearheading the motorcade honoring Amigo, the Kingman Police Department K-9 who died from heat related injuries after a call to rescue injured hikers in August.
Yearly department awards went to the following people:
Civilian of the Year, Leo Suarez; Support Staff of the Year, Chris Farrand; Dispatcher of the Year, Marjorie Stone; Paid-on-Call Firefighter of the Year, Jonathan Ufers; EMT/Paramedic of the Year, Kelly Johnson; Firefighter of the Year, Curt Schrade; Company of the Year, Rink Gordon, Brandon Medlin and Jeff Stapleton; Officer of the Year, Mike Stapleton; William N. Johnston Award, Chris Kimrey, Chuck Waalkens, Heather Miller, Byron Steward, Don Bischoff and Officer Wayne Hollan; Legacy Award, Joe Dorner; Fire Chief Award, Captains Kelly Johnson and Tom Flanagan.