Fire District 1 honors employees
Snohomish County Fire District 1 honored employees for their accomplishments and years of service at a ceremony held Nov. 5.
Firefighter/Paramedic Karl Fitterer was named Employee of the Year. Fitterer is a senior paramedic assigned to Hilltop Fire Station 22 and worked for many years at Hilton Lake Fire Station 12.
Fitterer was selected for this award for his outstanding customer service and his work in paramedic education.
A letter of nomination explained Fitterer “always goes the extra mile to ensure his patients receive the best care possible and are well informed in the delivery of their care.
“Karl doesn’t stop there though, he takes the extra time to inform family and friends about the patient’s condition and what they can expect in their loved one’s care and transport to a medical facility.
“Karl has a wonderful sense of humor and uses it appropriately to calm what can be a very stressful experience for patients. Karl’s care for our customers truly comes from his heart.”
Capt. Dave Herbert received the Robert Morehouse Legacy Award presented for dedicated service to Fire District 1. Herbert has served in the Training Division for 27 years and has mentored three generations of firefighters at Fire District 1.
He has been a leader not only in Fire District 1, but in state and county training organizations.
Andrew Morford received the Meyer-Mahoney Award presented to the volunteer firefighter who best exemplifies service to the public, assistance to fellow works, assumption of extra responsibilities and dedication to the district and its goals.
Morford has been a volunteer with Fire District 1 since 2009 and also works as a part-paid firefighter in Granite Falls.
In addition to his work in the volunteer program, Morford completed an internship with the Fire District 1 Prevention Division and helped with planning and preparation for community events.
The Chief’s Medal of Merit, presented for outstanding service to the public, was awarded to three companies for actions taken at three separate incidents during the past year:
• Capt. Chuck Maddox, Steve Barnes and Steve Varden: This company based at Mountlake Terrace Fire Station 19 demonstrated outstanding firefighting skills in the rescue of a man trapped on a balcony at an apartment fire in Mountlake Terrace on April 16, 2012.
• Capt. John Chalfant, Andrew Heller and Steve Francis: This engine company from Mariner Fire Station 11 rescued two people from a smoke-filled apartment on April 16, 2012.
• Capt. Dave Ruddell, Gary Westerman and Brent Allen: These firefighters from Martha Lake Fire Station 21 rescued a 12-year-old boy from Martha Lake on Aug. 6, 2012. The boy was not breathing and had no pulse when he was pulled from the water.
The firefighters performed CPR and transported the boy to Children’s Hospital. The boy died several days after the rescue, but the actions taken by this engine company provided the patient with the best chance at survival.
Capt. James Curtis and Kyle Wiggins were awarded Certificates of Appreciation for their leadership and work on a program to develop pre-fire plans for commercial buildings.
Service Awards were presented to the following employees in recognition of career milestones and years of service:
• Retirees: Gary Hood, Capt. Larry McEwen, Jeff Sarchin and Steve Wheeler.
• Ten years: Melissa Beard, Jon Dickinson, Capt. JJ Dowling, Clayton Smith and David Stevens.
• Fifteen years: Eric Anderson, Capt. James Curtis, Capt. Richard Duncan, Kevin Fetter, Scott Hamilton, Leslie Hynes and Capt. Dennis Lunny.
• Twenty years: Eric Dyer, Capt. Brett Kuhn and Justin Steinbach.
• More than 20 years: 25 years: Capt. Joel Woods; 26 years: Capt. Jim Grieco, Battalion Chief Gary Kestle, Jim Martin, Jeff Sarchin and Tom Seltz; 28 years: Randal Hills, Capt. Skip Horne, Capt. Darrin Kelly, Capt. Gren Legge and Capt. Paul Rice; 29 years: Capt. Bruce Davis, Mike Fischer, Capt. Dave Herbert and Capt. Mike Read.
• More than 30 years: 31 years: Kim Schroeder; 32 years: Battalion Chief Steve Allison, Capt. George Boling and Fire Chief Ed Widdis; 33 years: Assistant Chief Brad Reading, Steve Francis, John Giddings, Battalion Chief Pat Hepler, Capt. Dennis Oftedahl, Battalion Chief Scott Schroeder, Gary Westerman and Capt. Greg Westerman; 34 years: Kurt McEnroe, Capt. Michael J. Smith and Jack Weinz; 35 years: Capt. Brent Chomos, Steve Lindsay and Battalion Chief Jerry Sheehan; and 37 years: Capt. Tom Delisle.
Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.
-Edited by Beacon staff