Longview Fire Department Recognizes Excellence (Photo)
Lamb FF of the Year
On Friday March 20th Longview Fire Department held its 1st Annual Firefighter Awards and Recognition Banquet at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center in Longview. In total, 90 firefighters, spouses, and dignitaries attended the event to celebrate Outstanding Performance, Noteworthy Contributions, and Significant Milestones from 2014. The evenings crescendo was the announcement of the 2014 Firefighter-of-the-Year Award.
Three (3) Community Service Awards were issued:
Master Firefighter Graham Lasee was awarded the Community Service Award for his exceptional work on the CAP "Adopt-a-Family" program. Graham serves as the liaison for the LFD firefighters association and spends multiple hours shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to families in need, including giving to them out of his own pocket. Graham has also served as the immediate Past-President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund, and recently raised over $1,000 for lymphoma and leukemia through the Scott Firefighters Stairclimb.
Master Firefighter Luke Amos was also awarded the Community Service Award for his community service work helping a Fire Station neighbor, Jan Dalziel, get her house painted. http://tdn.com/mobile/article_28c46c3a-3952-11e4-aa6a-bff0e98ce64c.html
Jan, also known as the September 11th lady, delivers cookies on the 11th day of each and every month since September 11th to say thanks to the firefighters for their service. Luke returned the gesture the way only a caring and compassionate community service oriented individual such as him could have. Luke solicited volunteer labor, coordinated all aspects of the project and received donations to cover the costs. In addition to individual projects such as this, he has coordinated and worked the Go 4th Hole-in-One fundraising event for several years. Luke was last year's American Legion Firefighter of the Year.
Lieutenant Derek Stabell, Master Firefighter Kevin Broschat, Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Jones, Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Cornelius, Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Flemens, and Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb received the Community Service Award for their efforts with the Spencer's Heart Strong Foundation community event http://stopyouthsca.org/
Six (6) Years-of-Service Milestones were also recognized:
Master Firefighter Kacy Clark-10 years, Master Firefighter Russ Reese-15 years, Lieutenant Scott Kerker-15 years, Master Firefighter Justin Noel-15 years, Lieutenant Blake Tomlinson-20 years, and Luke Amos-30 years.
Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb was nominated and selected as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. The Firefighter of the Year Award is issued to the Longview Fire Department member who best exemplifies the characteristics of a firefighter and who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements. These characteristics encompass the cornerstones of today's fire service: Dedication, Courage, Honor, and Service... the cornerstone of today's fire service.
* Community Service: Firefighter Lamb coordinates the Coats for Kids drive, coordinated the Local 828 2014 Go 4th Hole-in-One event, demonstrates excellent Public Relations skills and serves as the President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund.
* Professional Skills: He has shown exceptional leadership and mentoring in the LFD Paramedic program and helped institutionalize High Performance CPR.
* Personal Attributes: Dave has a positive "Can Do" attitude, he's a reliable friend to colleagues, and promotes and recognizes the qualities in others such as serving on the city "Employee Recognition Committee".
Sponsors SeaWestern and Life Assist Inc helped make this event possible and successful.