On April 27 the Twin Valley Fire Department held their annual banquet at French Creek Golf Club, celebrating the accomplishments and dedication of the firefighters, their families, friends, surrounding municipalities, and mutual aid companies that assist in the fire departmentís daily operations. The evening was filled with great food, engaging conversations, and an award ceremony for those who everyone felt went above and beyond in the year 2012.
2012 Firefighter of the year was Ryan Putt, Fire Policeman of the year was Dave Kramlich and Junior Firefighter of the year went to Scott Montag. There were two awards that were new this year that were voted on by the company for who they felt went above and beyond: the Michael D. Romig Outstanding Performance Award for a firefighter, and the Kathleen D. Finio Outstanding Performance and service Award for non-firefighting services. Darryl Romig is the first recipient of the Michael D. Romig Award, and Jill Greene is the first recipient of the Kathleen D. Finio Award. Tom Hess and Robert Cook, in appreciation to all the work they put into the fire departmentís museum, were given awards for their continued dedication to the preservation of the rich history of Twin Valley Fire Department. The Twin Valley Fire Department Business Officers and Fire Officers also received plaques for their hard work and dedication throughout 2012.
The members also competed against each other in a timed competition, which they trained for several weeks prior to the competition. It consisted of donning their full turnout gear and air packs and then performing several agility tests. The top three firefighters were: 1st Ed Johns, 2nd Ryan Putt, and 3rd Dan Mast.
Lifetime membership certificates were presented to Gary Elston, Dan Elston, and Duane Hammond.
The banquet is held every year to recognize all the hard work and volunteer hours that are put into the Twin Valley Fire Department. The Fire Department wouldnít be where it is today without the support and dedication of the firefighters, their families, and the community.
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