It was a full house for the 2019 Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) annual Banquet held at the Plano Marriott. The event acknowledged of another year of excellent emergency care and service to our residents and the business community.
Fire Chief Sam Greif bragged about his internationally-recognized department and explained the symbolism of the special table setting that honored fallen members of the team:
White tablecloth – purity of motive Bible – open to Psalm 91, the protection psalm Lemon slices – the bitter taste of losing brothers Red roses – the dangers they face Blue ribbons – the loyalty and trust in the brotherhood Pinches of salt – the tears shed for the fallen heroes Inverted glasses – the fallen brothers can no longer toast Empty chairs – the missing brothers
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere shared a touching story about the unwavering support he’s received from PFR and the Plano Firefighters Association. Joined by City Manager Mark Israelson, City Council members and other City officials, it was a night of laughter and appreciation. Congratulations to the following individuals:
Firefighter Jeff Kendrick – Support Services AwardFire Engineer Jared Barker – Emergency Services AwardDr. Mark Gamber, Medical Director – Fire Chief’s AwardAssistant Chief Danny Burks – Fire Chief’s Award
2019 Award Winners
Firefighter Clint Foster – Firefighter of the YearLieutenant Alex Shahandeh – Fire Officer of the YearFirefighter Brad Matocha – EMT of the YearFirefighter Ryan Turner – Paramedic of the YearFirefighter Steph Bouillion-Mayer – Rookie of the YearFirefighter Patrick Dunn – Public Educator of the YearResearch Analyst Stephanie Sailer – Civilian of the YearJosh Clouse, Jared Cunningham, David Corbett and Rob Johnson – Special RecognitionWes Campbell, Ron Gall, Weston McCalip and Jeff Langford – Distinguished Unit Award, Engine 5CDeputy Chief Chris Vike – Lifesaving AwardChaplain Robert Matthews – Volunteer of the YearSEE PHOTO GALLERY HERE
2019 Department Promotions
New Captains Shane King Ryan Strutton Craig Westwood
New Lieutenants Nicholas Bottoms Jonathan Lindsey Brian Belcher
New Fire Engineers Adam Arthur Bryan Benefiel Aaron Hale James Killingsworth Landon Crooks
Watch this video for details of the exemplary service of the award winners.