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Banquet honors city’s firefighters

Chief George Glynn presents Firefighter Jacob Haley the 2012 Career Firefighter of the Year award.
Chief George Glynn presents Firefighter Jacob Haley the 2012 Career Firefighter of the Year award.
Glynn awards Volunteer Firefighter of the year Blake Sasse with his award.
Glynn awards Volunteer Firefighter of the year Blake Sasse with his award.

Career and volunteer members of the Maumelle Fire Department were among those recognized during the annual Fire & Police Banquet on Friday. The banquet is sponsored annually by the Maumelle Rotary Club and held at the Maumelle Country Club.

Awards presented during the banquet included:

Career Firefighter of the Year: Jacob Haley was named the 2012 Career Firefighter of the Year. Haley was hired in Aug. 2011.

Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Volunteer Firefighter Blake Sasse was named the 2012 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Sasse joined the fire department in July 2009.

Meritorious Service Award: Firefighter Joshua Mauldin was presented the Meritorious Service Award for Lifesaving.

Meritorious Service Award: Engineer Jeremy New, Firefighter William McCullar and Mauldin were presented with the Meritorious Service Award for Lifesaving.

Meritorious Service Award: Capt. Shane Holmes, Engineer Tyler Castleberry, Mauldin and Firefighter Todd Breeding were presented with the Meritorious Service Award for Lifesaving.

Unit Citation: On the afternoon of July 3, 2012, firefighters were dispatched for a report of smoke in the area of Maumelle High School. Firefighters found a growing forest fire in an undeveloped area of the city behind the industrial park. Volunteer firefighters were dispatched and off-duty career firefighters were recalled to work. The fire eventually encompassed 84 acres and required personnel to operate in temperatures that hovered around 100 degrees. In all, personnel from four fire departments, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Maumelle Public Works were needed to contain the fire.

The actions of that day represent exemplary performance of duty in overcoming difficulties and obstacles under unusual or adverse conditions. As a result, the following members were presented with a unit citation: Chief George Glenn, Division Chief John Payne, Capt. Michael Cossey, Capt. Drew Nichols, Capt. Austin Woody, Engineer Charles Watson, Engineer Adam Swalls, Firefighter Todd Breeding, Firefighter Tyler Castleberry, Firefighter Travis Foreman, Firefighter William McCullar, Firefighter Patrick McIntire, Firefighter Destin Weaver & Firefighter Dustin Worlow.

Unit Citation: On the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2012, Engine 2 was dispatched to stand by for a bomb threat at the Maumelle Middle School. Students were evacuated from the school. With air temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, several students began complaining of heat-related symptoms. Maumelle Engine 1, MEMS and North Little Rock Engine 4 were dispatched to the school. The call became a mass incident with firefighters treating a total of nine patients, including one who was critical. Volunteer and off-duty firefighters were summoned to provide coverage for the city. Two patients were ultimately transported to an area hospital by ambulance. No explosive device was found.

The actions of that day represent exemplary performance of duty in overcoming difficulties and obstacles under unusual or adverse conditions. As a result, the following members were presented with a unit citation: Capt. Tim Bullard, Capt. Scott Eaton, Engineer Tyler Castleberry, Firefighter Todd Breeding and Firefighter Dustin Worlow.

Unit Citation: On Christmas Day 2012, a winter storm entered central Arkansas and produced nearly one foot of snow in Maumelle. The snow caused power outages, fallen trees and traffic problems. As a result, the Maumelle Fire Department saw an extreme spike in calls for service. Firefighters answered 38 calls in the first 24 hours and a responded to a total of 55 incidents during a three-day span. The storm caused hardship on the citizens of Maumelle, but allowed on-duty, volunteer and off-duty firefighters to exhibit their dedication and commitment.

A total of 23 fire department members responded to incidents during the three-day storm. Their actions represent exemplary performance of duty in overcoming difficulties and obstacles under adverse conditions. As a result, the following members were presented with a unit citation: Chief George Glenn, Capt. Tim Bullard, Capt. Shane Holmes, Capt. Drew Nichols, Capt. Austin Woody, Engineer Adam Cordell, Engineer Jeremy New, Engineer Charles Watson, Volunteer Capt. Ed Platt, Volunteer Engineer Kyle Howard, Volunteer Engineer Andy Wood, Firefighter Travis Foreman, Firefighter Joshua Mauldin, Firefighter Darron Pitchford, Firefighter Todd Breeding, Firefighter Jacob Haley, Firefighter William McCullar, Firefighter Destin Weaver, Probationary Firefighter Nathan Crockett, Volunteer Firefighter Shea Furr, Volunteer Firefighter Alex Hronas, Volunteer Firefighter Marc Kelley, and Volunteer Firefighter Nicolas Mayerhoeffer.

Unit Citation: On De 29, 2012, Maumelle firefighters were dispatched for a child stuck in mud up to his waist on Lake Valley Drive. With air temperatures in the low 30s and water temperatures even cooler, the child faced an immediate threat to his health and welfare. Members of Engine Company 1 and Engine Company 2 used determination and ingenuity to remove the patient’s booth and rescue him from the mud. Their actions represent exemplary performance of duty in overcoming difficulties and obstacles under adverse conditions. As a result, Capt. Shane Holmes, Capt. Scott Eaton, Engineer Adam Swalls, Firefighter William McCullar and Firefighter Jacob Haley were presented with a unit citation.

Fifteen-Year Good Conduct: Engineer Charles Watson was recognized for 15 years of honest and faithful service to the fire department. He was originally hired as an engineer in the Department of Public Safety’s Fire Division. Engineer Watson was the 2007 Firefighter of the Year and has been presented the Meritorious Service Award for Lifesaving three times in his career.

Ten-Year Good Conduct: Capt. Michael Cossey was recognized for ten years of honest and faithful service to the fire department. He was hired as an engineer in the Department of Public Safety’s Fire Division in June 2002 and was promoted to Capt. in Nov. 2008. Cossey was the 2004 Firefighter of the Year and is a three-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Award for Lifesaving.

Five-Year Good Conduct: Engineer Tyler Castleberry was recognized for five years of honest & faithful service to the fire department. He joined the fire department in July 2007 and was promoted to Engineer in Oct. 2012. Castleberry was the 2009 Firefighter of the Year.

Volunteer Service Recognition: Volunteer Capt. Ed Platt and Volunteer Engineer Andy Wood were recognized for fifteen years of service to the fire department. Both members joined in March 1997. Engineer Wood is a three-time recipient of the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Award.

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