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Posted on: February 6, 2020

Plano Fire-Rescue Awards and Promotions Banquet was Memorable

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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:

Chief’s Awards

Firefighter Jeff Kendrick – Support Services Award
Fire Engineer Jared Barker – Emergency Services Award
Dr. Mark Gamber, Medical Director – Fire Chief’s Award
Assistant Chief Danny Burks – Fire Chief’s Award

PFR Support Services AwardPFR Emergency Services Award

PFR Fire Chiefs Award

PFR Fire Chiefs award 2

2019 Award Winners

Firefighter Clint Foster – Firefighter of the Year
Lieutenant Alex Shahandeh – Fire Officer of the Year
Firefighter Brad Matocha – EMT of the Year
Firefighter Ryan Turner – Paramedic of the Year
Firefighter Steph Bouillion-Mayer – Rookie of the Year
Firefighter Patrick Dunn – Public Educator of the Year
Research Analyst Stephanie Sailer – Civilian of the Year
Josh Clouse, Jared Cunningham, David Corbett and Rob Johnson – Special Recognition
Wes Campbell, Ron Gall, Weston McCalip and Jeff Langford – Distinguished Unit Award, Engine 5C
Deputy Chief Chris Vike – Lifesaving Award
Chaplain Robert Matthews – Volunteer of the Year

2019 Department Promotions

New Captains
            Shane King
            Ryan Strutton
            Craig Westwood
PFR New Captains

New Lieutenants
            Nicholas Bottoms
            Jonathan Lindsey
            Brian Belcher
PFR New Lieutenant

New Fire Engineers
            Adam Arthur
            Bryan Benefiel
            Aaron Hale
            James Killingsworth
            Landon Crooks
PFR New Engineers

Watch this video for details of the exemplary service of the award winners.

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