LDFR annual awards ceremony


We had a wonderful time celebrating achievements, both within the department and by members of the public, at our annual LDFR awards ceremony on April 22. Check out these photos of some of the smiles and recognitions!

Capt. Kim McDonald, right, accepts his commemorative ax for 15 years of service from Assistant Chief Steve Skulski, as Chief Jeff Berino looks on.

LDFR Engineer Bob Corcoran, left, receives his commemorative helmet and a big pat on the back for 20 years of service to LDFR from Lt. Casey Human.

Assistant Chief Steve Skulski, left, is congratulated by Chief Jeff Berino for 35 years of service to Lake Dillon Fire (and its predecessors). Thirty-five years!

LDFR Fire Corps volunteer Kim Bailey, left, is congratulated by Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell for 40 years of service, starting from when he was a volunteer firefighter. Forty years!!

Jerry “Doc” Peterson is congratulated by Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell for serving — get this — 55 years with Lake Dillon Fire and its predecessors! Fifty-five years! Doc was instrumental in getting the first ambulance to this community, and instrumental in establishing the precursor Dillon Fire Department. He has so many great tales to tell — things like walking in front of the ambulance in a blizzard as it carefully navigated Loveland Pass (the only way out of the county) on a run down to a Denver hospital … or how they sometimes had to push-start the original old fire engine, and sometimes, when they got down to the bottom of the hill at Lake Dillon Drive, it still hadn’t started. What a legend!

Sarah Thorsteinson, executive director of the Summit Association of Realtors, accepts a Citizen’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Under her direction, this organization has promoted wildfire safety and preparation through annual mailers sent to every property owner in the county, and she has been a wonderful advocate for our efforts.

Dr. John and Maggie Hillman receive a Citizen’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino. The unofficial ambassadors of the Lower Blue River valley north of Silverthorne, the Hillmans are tireless advocates for improving public safety, encouraging neighbors to join the fire district and clear defensible space for wildfire, and improve telecommunications. They’re really wonderful!

LDFR Finance Manager Mary Hartley was surprised and delighted with receiving the Chief’s Award from Chief Jeff Berino — a completely deserved honor!

LDFR Capt. Brian Schenking, left, receives the Leadership Award from Chief Jeff Berino for his efforts at overseeing the department’s efforts to become fully accredited — a gargantuan task.

LDFR Human Resources Manager Matt Scheer, left, receives the Member of the Year Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Matt puts the “human” in “human resources.”

LDFR Engineer Ted Salthouse, left, receives the Firefighter of the Year Award from Chief Jeff Berino. Ted has been described as the “golden retriever of firefighters,” meaning that he never seems to have a bad day. Seriously — dude is always smiling.

A bunch of brass! From left: High Country Training Center Division Chief Don Koogle, LDFR Assistant Chief for Operations Joe Hegenderfer, Assistant Chief for Fire Prevention/Fire Marshal Steve Skulski, Chief Jeff Berino, Assistant Chief for Support Services Bruce Farrell and Battalion Chief Kelly Wagner.

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