Published DateGILFORD — On April 5, 2012 the Gilford Fire-Rescue department held its 7th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Gilford Community Church. The event is a chance for the members, families and guests of Gilford Fire-Rescue to get together for an evening of friendship and recognition of those that have given to the department.
Chairman of the Board of Fire Engineers William Akerley and Town Administrator Scott Dunn spoke briefly to the members and guests. Engineer Akerley presented retired
engineer Phil Brouillard a plaque in recognition of his 18 years of dedicated service and guidance on the Board of Fire Engineers. In addition to presenting the award, Chief Carrier gave a review of activities and incidents for 2012. The department responded to 1,424 incidents, the most the department has responded to in a single year, and members participated in a total of 4,750 hours of training.
Major personnel changes included the retirement of Lt. Frank Latosek and resignation of FF Chuck Campbell. FF Jeff Madon and FF Dom DeCarli were both promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The vacancies created by these changes were filled with by hiring FF’s Dion DeCarli, Jason Godin and Tim Johnson.
Call company members that have joined the department over the past year were sworn in. Members being sworn in included FF/EMT Ricky Raper and FF/EMT Chris Harris.
The main portion of the ceremony commenced with the presentation of a Letter of Commendation to Capt. Mike Balcom. He was recognized for receiving both the EMS
Provider of the Year from LRGHealthcare and Fire Officer of the Year from FIOANH in 2012.
EMT-I Nathaniel Hanson was presented with the EMS Provider of the Year. He was recognized among other things for working well with everyone and being willing to learn from as well as teach her peers.
Firefighters Tom Aselton and Ricky Raper received Firefighter of the Year award. Aselton was recognized among other things for being the type of person you call upon to get the job done completely, competently and correctly. Raper was recognized for participating in 600 hours of training over the last year.
Retired Lieutenant Frank Latosek earned the Fire Officer of the Year award. He was recognized for his longstanding activities with public education, juvenile fire setter and EMS programs within the department.
A Unit Citation was presented Lt. Jeff Madon, FF Tom Aselton, FF Nate Lemay and FF Brian Patterson for their response to and the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient on December 9, 2012. DC Rick Andrews, Paramedic Rae Mello-Andrews and FF Scott Mooney received Letters of Appreciation for their off-duty response and subsequent assistance with the care and transport of this patient. At this time the patient does not wish to have his name released.
The awards ceremony ended with FF/EMT Chris Harris receiving his driver/operator certification for 8Tanker1. He successfully demonstrated all the skills and knowledge
to competently operate this vehicle.