Midway Fire Rescue Departmental AWARDS

OFFICER OF THE YEAR

1978 – Lynn Watkins                          1979 – Victor Archambeau                 1980 – John Stewart

1981 – Shorter Rybolt                         1982 – Ed Mills                                  1983 – Ed Mills

1984 – John Stewart                           1985 – Shorter Rybolt                         1986 – Sam Rudolph

1987 – Sam Rudolph                          1988 – Ed Mills                                  1989 – Sam Rudolph

1990 – Sam Rudolph                          1991 – Ed Mills                                  1992 – Sam Rudolph

1993 – Sam Rudolph                          1994 – Sam Hodge                             1995 – Sam Hodge

1996 – Sam Hodge                             1997 – Sam Rudolph                          1998 – Mike Mock, John Stewart, Dan Wetsel, Sam Rudolph, Sam, Hodge, Doug Eggiman, Ed Mills                                                                                        1999 – Dan Wetsel

2000 – Doug Eggiman                        2001 – Rex Smith                               2002 – Sam Rudolph

2003 – Heather Pritchard                    2004 – Jeff Pifer                                 2005 – David Biggs

2006 – Carr Gilmore                           2007 – Joe Ruffennach                       2008 – Brent McClellan

2009 – Josh Carney                            2010 – Brent McClellan                      2011 – James Elliott

2012 – Pete Copeland                         2013 – Jerry Liberatore                       2014 – Jeff Pifer        

2015 – Brent McClellan                      2016 – Jesse Morgan

 

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

1977 – Paul Szarowicz                        1978 – William Coachman                  1979 – Jerome Maybank

1980 – John Cusick                           1981 – Ennis Caldwell                        1982 – Helen Casselman

1983 – Armand Berube                      1984 – James Berends                       1985 – Darryl Pyatt

1986 – Doug Eggiman                        1987 – David Geney                           1988 – David Geney

1989 – Doug Eggiman                        1990 – Mitchell Fipps                         1991 – Thomas Williams

1992 – David Geney                           1993 – David Geney                           1994 – Mike Benton

1995 – John Casselman                      1996 – Beth Gilfilin                            1997 – Eric Schwartzkopf

1998 – Mike Hines                             1999 – Mike Hines                             2000 – Mike Hines

2001 – Dennis Cangelosi                    2002 – Mike Hines                             2003 – Rick Myers

2004 – Rick Myers                             2005 – Rick Myers                             2006 – Rick Myers

2007 – Rick Myers                             2008 – Will Tayloe                              2009 – Rick Myers

2010 – Rick Myers                             2011 – Rick Kefauver

 

CAREER FIREFIGHTER/EMT OF THE YEAR

1995 – Mike Benton                           1996 – Mitchell Fipps                         1997 – Tom Boyd

1998 – Brian Eason                             1999 – Jeff Pifer                                 2000 – Mike Hessler

2001 – Tom Balcuinas                        2002 – Eric Breznicky                       2003 – Mark Mercer

2004 – Eric Breznicky                         2005 – Pete Copeland                       2006 – Mike Fox

2007 – Shane Kingsford                     2008 – Justin Wackerly                   2009 – Gary Cracknell

2010 – Jesse Morgan                          2011 – Justin Wackerly                     2012 – Joseph Palombi

2013 – Ryan Crowley                         2014 – Justin Lenker                          2015 – Luke Vogler

2016 – Ryan Matthews

 

TOM BOYD MEMORIAL CAREER FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC OF THE YEAR

2000 – Heather Pritchard                    2001 – Lee Matlashewski                   2002 – Mike Hessler

2003 – Matt Smittle                             2004 – Shawnda Snyder                     2005 – Brent McClellan

2006 – Mike Smith                             2007 – Matt Smittle                             2008 – Henry Hulit

2009 – Chris Runyon                          2010 – James Elliott                            2011 – Chris Stier

2012 – Joe Celletti                               2013 – Joseph Anderson                    2014 – Adam Maag

2015 – William Dougan                      2016 – Daniel Weihert

 

 

SPECIAL SERVICES MEMBER OF THE YEAR

1993 – Jim Hopkins                            1994 – Dick Cambrey                         1995 – Dick Cambrey

1996 – Brad May                                1997 – Brad May                                1998 – Brad May

1999 – Brad May                                2000 – Peggy Green                           2001 – Pauline May

2002 – Jim Hopkins                            2003 – Linda Mock                             2004 – Kim Eason

2005 – Debbie Smittle             2006 – Gigi Hines                               2007 – Carlethia Rudolph

2008 – Frank Seitz                              2009 – Frank Seitz                              2010 – Frank Seitz

2011 – Ed Mills                                  2012 – Ed Mills                                  2013 – Nancy Crawford

2014 – Steve Kelsey                           2015 – Steve Kelsey, Gene Turner     2016 – Steve Kelsey

 

VOLUNTEER EMS MEMBER OF THE YEAR

2006 – Eve Eggiman                           2007 – Don Ellis                                 2008 – Rick Myers

2009 – Joan Noble                              2010 – Eve Eggiman                           2011 – Rick Myers

2012 – Rick Myers                             2015 – Jennifer Brown

 

EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING

2003 – Mark Mercer, David Biggs                

2004 – Mark Mercer, Terry Skidmore

2005 – Mark Mercer, Todd Blomdahl           

2006 – Bob Beebe, Mark Mercer, Heather Pritchard, Carr Gilmore, Tom Balcuinas

2007 – Mark Mercer, Pete, Copeland, Bob Beebe, Jerry Liberatore, Pete Copeland, Brent McClellan, Kyle Wilson, Billy Cook, Giovanni Cresta             

2008 – Pete Copeland, Bob Beebe, Doug Eggiman 

2009 – Bob Beebe, Pete Copeland, Will Tayloe, Jesse Morgan

2010 – Chris Runyon, Mark Mercer, Adam Knowles, Matt Smittle, Brian Michna, Jay Bombalicki, Bob Beebe, Niki Crippen

2011 – Mark Mercer, Will Tayloe, Adam Knowles, Niki Crippen, Bob Beebe, Michael Chapman

2012 – Bob Beebe, Todd Blomdahl, Joseph Palombi, Ryan Matthews         

2013 – Mark Mercer

2014 – Mark Mercer, Jerry Liberatore           

2015 – Justin Lenker, Ronald Montgomery, Caleb Duda

2016 – Justin Lenker, James Costanza

 

FIRE & LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR AWARD

2012 – Michael Morris                       2013 – Frank Seitz                              2014 – Frank Seitz

2015 – Michael Morris                       2016 – Michael Morris

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS AWARD

2002 – Mark Mercer, Mike Cardwell (Haz Mat training); Josh Carney, Tom Balcuinas (Vehicle Maintenance)

2003 – Josh Carney (Vehicle Maintenance)

2004 – Curt Baldwin (training tower)       

2005 – Tony Bell (SCBAs)

2006 – Bob Beebe (summer camp)                  

2007 – A,B, and C Shifts (Career  - move)           

2008 – Michael Morris (open house)

2009 – Frank Seitz, Jeremy Tumblin (PDF preplans, hyperlink addresses)          

2010 – Jesse Morgan, Joseph Williamson (training tower)

2011 – Brian Michna, Ed Mills, Joseph Williamson (station alerting)                               

2012 – Jesse Morgan  (burn building)

2013 – Jesse Morgan (training props)   

2014 – Will Tayloe (River 1)                

2015 – Mike Hessler (flag pole 82)

2016 – Joseph Palombi (Prom MVA); Carr Gilmore, Josh Carney, Jerry Liberatore, Shane Kingsford, James Crawford (Apparatus Committee)    

 

MOST IMPROVED FITNESS AWARD

2010 – Jeremy Tumblin                      2013 – Ronald Montgomery               2014 – Howard Lutz

2015 – Joe Ruffennach                       2016 – Matt Smittle

 

EXCELLENCE IN FITNESS AWARD

2010- Giorgio Amente                        2011 – Vince Caporuscio                    2012 – Ian Edmonds

2013 – Joseph Anderson                    2014 – Joseph Anderson                    2015 – Joseph Anderson

2016 – Joseph Anderson

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD           

2003 – Jason Whaley (nation bik-a-thon)    2005 – Sam Hodge (mission trips)             2007 – Bob Beebe, Pete Copeland (prom MVA)

2008 – Ric Matyas (needy fundraising)       2009 – Bill Collins (pink tour)                          2010 – Phil Newbauer (pink tour)

2011 – Michael Morris (overall customer and department service), Austin Meares (9/11 Memorial special award)

2013 – Niki Crippen (Breast Cancer and COTA t-shirts), Mark Mercer (Boy Scouts), Joseph Palombi & Brian Michna (Team Hunter)

2014 – Niki Crippen (Breast Cancer & Burn Camp)     2015 – Glenn Cox Pawleys Island Outdoors (Use of John Boats)

2016 – Niki Crippen (Breast Cancer, Burn Camp Counselor, United Way, MDA, Burn Fundraiser, Sorority Advisor)

 

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

2004 – David Geney                           2006 – Sam Hodge                             2008 – Joe Garrity

2009 – Rex Smith                               2010 – Bob Beebe                               2011 – Michael Chapman

2013 – James Elliott, Joseph Williamson, & Ian Edmonds   2014 – Ed Mills          2015 – Father Wil Keith

2016 – Michael Hessler         

 

MERITORIOUS ACTION AWARD

2012 – B Shift Station 82 (Carr Gilmore, Jeremy Skinner, Adham Dumont, Kevin McLaughlin, Ian Edmonds) for Elliott GSW

2013 – Jeremy Skinner & Ryan Curtis (Creek Rescue)

2014 – Scott McGuire & Daniel Weihert (Creek Rescue) , Matt Smittle & Erik Noel (Firefighter Rescue)

2015 – Daniel Weihert, Adam Maag, Luke Vogler, & James Costanza (Swift Water Rescue)

2016 – Pete Copeland, Jesse Morgan, Adham Dumont, & Ryan Matthews (Wild Fire Near Miss)

 

MEDAL OF VALOR

2006 – Carr Gilmore (drowning rescue)               2009 – Jerry Liberatore, Adam Mexicott, Ryan Kelly (night water rescue)

2010 – Niki Crippen (unsecured off duty GSW)        2014 – Shane Kingsford (Off-duty Double Drowning Rescue)

2015 – Joe Ruffennach, Joseph Palombi, Luke Vogler (fire victim rescue)

 

CHIEF’S AWARD

2003 – Mike Mock, Dan Wetsel               2007 – Sam Rudolph 

 

LIFE MEMBERS

2002 – Ed Mills, John Stewart            2003 – Mike Mock                             2005 – Eve Eggiman

2009 – Sam Rudolph                          2010 – Doug Eggiman                        2015 – Carr Gilmore

AWARDS NO LONGER PRESENTED

 

TELECOMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

1987 – Helena Tyler                            1988 – Susie Tuck                              1989 – Eve Eggiman

1990 – Lesley Hodge                          1991 – Susie Tuck                              1992 – Eve Eggiman

 

ENGINE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

1989 – Engine 7, Steve Cribb 1990 – Engine 6, Doug Eggiman        1991 – Engine 7, Doug Eggiman       

 

OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

1993 – Geri Feris

 

YOUTH BRIGADE MEMBER OF THE YEAR

1981 – Eve Casselman                        1982 – Darla Roberts                          1983 – David Geney

1984 – Christy Geney                         1985 – Melinda Casselman                 1986 – Ben Marlow

1987 – Melinda Casselman                 1988 – Melinda Casselman

 

PUBLIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

2000 – Mike Robino, Barry Smith

Midway Fire Rescue is proud of the accomplishments that the department reaches each and every year. The department has recieved numerous recognitions every year. 

 Winner of the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company five years running. 2011-2015

 

2015 Winner of the Heart Safe Community Award

 

EMS Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs

 

The annual Heart Safe Communtiy Awards recogixe fire service-based EMS and other EMS systems with creative approaches to implement and maintain systems to prevent and treat cardiac-related diseases within their communities. This award examines communities holistically and how they have integrated their systems to work symbiotically. Agencies must demonstrate imprved quality of out-of-hospital resuscitation through bystander CPR, AED deployment (PAD programs), out-of-hospital 12-lead ECGs, 12-Lead ECG advanced notification to the recieving hospital, or other continuous quality resuscitation improvements. The award honors departments representing small communties with populations under 100,000 and large communties with populations over 100,000.

 

Winner - Small Community 

 

Midway Fire Rescue (SC) - The midway Fire-Rescue Department has implemented a variety of programs to improve the emergency medical services provided to its diverse communtiy of tourists, year-around residents, and seasonal residents. Together , these programs have represented Midway's efforts to better educate the public and Midway Fire-Rescue personnel. Midway's public outreach efforts have allowed the agency to reach out to the nearly 5,000 individuals, or 25% of the population, as well as expand the emergency medical training offered to all Midway Fire_rescue personnel. Midway also completed an aggressive push to update their equipment, including the purchase of new LifePak monitors, to improve communications with the community's hospital and decrease "Door-To-Balloon" time for STEMI patients. Midway's efforts have succeeded in improving survivability rates patients throughout the community.

 

Award News Release 

 

 

GEORGETOWN COUNTY — Midway Fire Rescue was announced on March 9 as a recipient of this year’s Heart Safe Community Award, presented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ EMS section. The award is presented to only two communities annually — one large and one small. Midway won the award for small communities (those with populations under 100,000).

 

The award recognizes fire-service-based EMS and other EMS systems that have used creative approaches to implement or maintain public access defibrillation programs within the communities they serve. From 2001-2005, the award considered the establishment of Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs by fire and EMS agencies in their communities. In 2005, the award criteria were expanded to reflect the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines. Now, agencies applying for the award must show how they have also improved the quality of out-of-hospital resuscitation through bystander CPR, AED deployment, advanced notification to the receiving hospital, and other continuous quality resuscitation improvements.

 

 

Midway Fire Rescue has implemented a variety of programs to improve its emergency medical service. Midway provides service to a diverse community consisting of year-round and seasonal residents, as well as tourists. Public outreach efforts have allowed the agency to reach nearly 5,000 people, as well as expand the emergency medical training offered to all Midway Fire Rescue personnel.

 

Midway also completed an aggressive push to:

  • Update its equipment, including the purchase of new LifePak monitors, 

  • Improve communications with the community’s hospital system; and 

  • Decrease “door-to-balloon time” — the interval between when a heart attack patient arrives at the hospital and the time he/she receives percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), such as angioplasty. 

 

 

“This is an incredible honor,” said Midway Chief Doug Eggiman.  “We’ve had state honors before and different things like that, but to actually win something on an international level like this, it’s kind of stunning.”

 

 

It also says a lot about the community as a whole, Eggiman said. “We’re really blessed in the sense that we have wonderful people here who are proactive and aggressive in doing things to make our community safer. We’re also very lucky to have a supportive administrator and County Council that allows us to get the equipment and policies we need to have in place to do what we do. They also helped earn this award, as did the community and the hospitals that receive our patients. We’re very much a team and every member of this team is key and played a part in our receiving this award.

 

 

Midway’s efforts have succeeded in improving survivability rates of patients throughout the community and the department should be lauded not just for this most recent recognition, but for their efforts every day to save lives and create a safer community for residents in Georgetown County.

 

 

Albuquerque Fire Department is this year’s other Heart Safe Community Award recipient.

“The Heart Safe Community awards recognize the Albuquerque Fire Department and the Midway Fire Rescue Department for their dedication and work to promote a better and safer community,” said David Becker, chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ EMS section. “They demonstrate and serve as role models for other communities to follow in protecting their citizens through their programs.”

News Report - South Strand News

 

Pawleys Island, S.C. – Midway Fire Rescue has once again been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.

 

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Midway Fire Rescue. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Company,” said Battalion Chief Brent McClellan. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our company overall.”

 

Platinum-level employers:• Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.• Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.• Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

 

The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies makes their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

 

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

 

Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Companies program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. Qualifying companies also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.

 

“The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line,” said McClellan, who is also fitness coordinator. “Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.”

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