FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 April 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon Fire crews lauded for heroic efforts
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue on Saturday honored several firefighters for their efforts to rescue a man trapped in a Silverthorne house fire and awarded citations to several other firefighters at the department’s annual award ceremony in Dillon on Saturday.
Lt. Casey Humann, firefighter/medic Adam Anderson and firefighters Dan Ross and Rob Evans each were awarded the Medal of Valor – one of the department’s highest honors – for their attempt to save the life of a man trapped inside a burning Silverthorne home on Jan. 2.
The Engine 8 A-Shift crew, consisting of Humann, Anderson, acting engineer Frank Towers and firefighter Aaron Ferdig, also were given the Unit Citation for their outstanding team efforts in their attempt to save former Silverthorne Mayor Warren Alloway and in recognizing the changing conditions of the fire.
Additionally, Humann was named Firefighter of the Year for his consistent leadership, enthusiastic professionalism and commitment to the department and the community throughout the year.
“This team of firefighters clearly rose to the occasion in putting themselves at risk to help others, and they worthy of our praise and admiration,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley. “What pleases me most, though, is that I am confident that any of firefighters would have demonstrated the same bravery and skill, had they been in a similar situation.”
Parmley awarded veteran Lt. Kevin Skaer with the department’s Leadership Award for his exemplary efforts throughout the year for his efforts and lead in the refurbishment of the firefighters’ day room at Station 2 in Frisco.
Additionally, Citizenship Awards were presented to Dan Schroeder and Beth Huron with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service for their ongoing efforts with the Summit County Wildfire Council in making our community a national leader in wildfire mitigation and preparedness.
“In large part due to Dan and Beth’s work, our entire county is unified in its focus on wildfire,” Deputy Chief Jeff Berino said. “Their initiative and leadership has helped raise awareness of the very real threat we face in Summit County. They have been instrumental in developing and maintain wildfire plans. And they have overseen on-the-ground efforts at reducing the risk and increasing the community’s readiness for wildfire through educational efforts and the overwhelmingly successful free slash-chipping program.”
Other honorees included:
- Newly hired firefighters Ryan Grafmiller, Dan Ross, Jeremiah Smith and firefighter/medic Paul Camillo.
- New staff members fire inspector Mark Thomson, office assistant Donna Trainer and finance manager Mary Hartley.
- Rob Swier, who was promoted from firefighter to engineer.
- Those with five years of service: firefighter/medics Adam Anderson, Jonathan Hannum and Paul Lawrence; Public Information Officer Steve Lipsher; and Fire Corps volunteer Wendy Myers.
- Those with 10 years of service: fire inspector Dave Coulter; fleet technician Jack Strong; engineers Tom Adams and Aaron Kaltenbach; and firefighter Frank Towers.
- Fire Corps volunteer Janis Berino for 15 years of service.
- Those with 25 years of service: Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner and recently retired finance manager Linda Boucher.
- Fire Corps volunteer Earl Picard for 30 years of service.
The dress-uniform ceremony, which was held at the Dillon Community Church Fellowship Hall, is an annual event for Lake Dillon Fire.
“I am very pleased to recognize all of the members of our department who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrated bravery, leadership and commitment to the community with compassion and no expectation to be recognized,” Parmley said.
Lake Dillon Fire Protection District Board President Jim Cox added: “We are very proud of the highly trained, dedicated and professional crews and staff throughout the department, and of the service that they provide to our community.”