Northwest NEWS

February 1, 1999

Valley Special

Firefighters honored at annual ceremony

   DUVALL--Duvall-King County Fire District 45 recognized 1998 outstanding service award winners at the annual banquet held on Jan. 9.

   Volunteer Lieutenant Matthew Waddington received the Firefighter of the Year award. This award is voted on by the firefighters and recognizes individuals for outstanding and consistent service to the community and the department. Lt. Waddington has been a dependable member of the department and provides quality leadership in his position of Company Officer, said Fire Chief Bud Backer.

   Volunteer firefighters Linda Wright and Jim Russell received the Chief's Award. Their work in providing ongoing medical training to the firefighters was invaluable in maintaining quality service delivery. This training meets state and county requirements for continuing education and re-certification of Emergency Medical Technicians. Linda and Jim went well beyond what was expected of them, scheduling extra appointments to work with firefighters in maintaining their medical certifications, said Backer.

   The Commissioners Award was given to Volunteer Firefighter Gary Olivas. In his second year with the department, Gary has become instrumental in many projects vital to the success of the department. He has placed a great deal of personal emphasis on providing quality service to the community. His extra effort and time has not gone unnoticed by the Board of the Commissioners, as he is often in attendance at board meetings.

   Volunteer Firefighter Mike Zinn received the Special Service Award for his extraordinary efforts. Mike organized a work party and performed several maintenance items, including painting the interior of the building at Station 263 on Mountain View Road. When volunteers perform these tasks, the savings to the public adds up, Backer said.

   The fire district will be testing new recruits on Feb. 6. Anyone interested may call 788-1625 for more information in becoming a volunteer firefighter.