Fire-Rescue recognizes volunteers, donations
Posted by : March 6, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Spring Volunteer Fire Department held its annual appreciation dinner and banquet Feb. 23, at its new facility on State Highway 198.
Fire chief Randy Harley presented several awards including Firefighter of the Year to Brandon Cotton, Rookie of the Year to Rick Harmon and the Top 10 paramedics (EMT) and firefighters.
The Top 10 Firefighters, selected for the greatest number of fire calls answered in 2012, includes Don Mecklin, Randy Harley, Chuck Harley, Michael Brown, Jason Everett, Dick Stein, Alisha Dixon, Terry Brown, Nathan Gilbreath and Dillon Herbert.
The Top 10 Paramedics recognized with awards includes Ed Baggett, Alisha Dixon, Jason Dixon, Patrick Harris, Randy Harley, Brandon Cotton, Michael Brown, Cade Anthony, Dillon Herbert and Nathan Gilbreath.
“It is my way to say thank you for all of your sacrifice, dedication and hard work,” Harley said.
In 2012, the PSVFD responded to 851 calls. Average response time was 5.12 minutes on fire calls and 6.24 minutes on medical calls.
Property damage on structure fires was less than $200,000, for the district in 2012, with a projected savings of $3.12 million.
After a brief welcome, chief Randy Harley introduced guest speaker Wylie fire chief George “Randy” Corbin (above).
Corbin spoke about priorities, standards and good character.
“Firefighters need to be people citizens can trust. The consequences are just too high if we mess up,” Corbin said.