Sussex FD recognizes members at banquet
Chief reports increase in calls compared to 2009
Village of Sussex — A series of awards highlighted the annual Sussex Fire Department banquet on Feb. 12 at Fairways of Woodside Golf Course. The annual banquet is held to commemorate the founding of the department in 1922 as a result of the Jan. 30, 1922, fire that destroyed the then 9-year-old red brick two-story Sussex Main Street School.
Approximately 90 firefighters, honorary members that have served 10 years or more, village officials and others attended the banquet. The following members received length-of-service plaques: Deputy Chief Greg Zoellick, 25 years; Christy Kiekenbush, five years, Steve Paulkner, five years and Josh Tyrrell, five years.
The Chief Award and Firefighter of the Year award was given to Jerry Trepanier.
"The Firefighter of the Year award is voted on by all current members of the fire department. The Chief's Award is given to a member who goes above and beyond in the course of the year," Sussex Fire Chief Colin "Corky" Curtis said.
Other highlights of the annual banquet were recognition of Ardith Gribble who was hired as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic in fall. Gribble joined the department in August of 2002 as a paid, on-call EMT. Other notable member news for 2010 included Steve Boldt and Chad Weber completing their paramedic class and received their state license. Chris Rayborn and Courtney Carlson have started their paramedic class and plan to finish in May. Lieutenant Randy Ware retired after 24 years of service.
Curtis also said 11 new members joined the department in the last year and the department responded to 724 calls which is up from 117 in 2009. He said the busiest day was July 24, 2010, which had 10 calls for duty which were associated with the heavy rainstorm that resulted in several inches of rain falling in the area in a matter of hours. Gribble said the calls were to respond to mostly residential problems associated with flooding.
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