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Posted on Jan 21, 2016

Firefighters hold annual awards banquet

Staff report

Grant County Fire District No. 3 recently held its annual awards banquet, honoring those volunteers who have played an important role this past year.

About 126 people attended the banquet, which was held on Jan. 8 at the Quincy Valley Community & Business Center.

Luke Garrison was awarded the Most Active Volunteer of the Year award for being the most active volunteer in the district’s eight stations. Eric Nieuwenhuis also was given the Chief’s Award, and Cristian Magallanes earned the Rookie of the Year award.

Other awards were:

Garrison Homes received the Employer of the Year award for its support of the fire district.

Station awards were given to eight volunteers who were the most active volunteers at their stations. They were: Garrison, Quincy; Scott Cook, Winchester; David Hubbard, Block 71; Ethan Williamson, Low Gap; Doug Batey, George; Arlin Hinkel, Sunland Estates; Sal Mugnos, Sunland Estates; and Randy Zolman, Crescent Bar.

Hinkel, Mickey Sargent and Joe Westra earned 15-year service awards.

Ed Bews earned a 35-year service award.

Firefighters recognized for completing training were: Colter Hill, Firefighter I; Gabe McKay, Firefighter II; Alicia Shields, Hazmat Ops and Hazmat Tech; and Raymond Salazar, Jose Cruz, Mike Ryan, Jordan Reynolds, Alex Hihn and Batey, Emergency Medical Technician Basic.