PROMOTIONS AND SWEARING IN CEREMONY
At the April 14, 2016 board of Commissioners Meeting, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue proudly announced the promotion of Captain Billy Whitfield to Battalion Chief, Lieutenant Doug Brett to Captain, and Firefighter Ben Anderson to lieutenant. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue is also proud to welcome new firefighter zach kertz.
MANATEE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Cedar Hammock Firefighter Michael W. Dunn Awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars National Firefighter Award
L-R: Committee Chairman Pat Love, FF Mike Dunn, Commander Amber Putnam, Commander Tony Fouse, and Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle.
Firefighter Michael W. Dunn was presented with the VFW National Firefighter Award on March 10, 2016 at the Cedar Hammock Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting.
On hand to present the award were Florida State VFW Commander Amber Putman, Chairman of the Award Committee, Pat Love, and VFW Post 10141 Commander Tony Fouse.
The award states; “In recognition and utmost appreciation of his dedication and selfless service to Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue. During Michael Dunn’s outstanding career, he has displayed an exceptional record of exemplary and courageous service to the community and the nation. His extraordinary commitment is keeping with the esteemed core values and traditions of the Firefighter Profession, further manifested by the high degree of admiration and respect of both his peers and the local public he serves. Firefighter 1st Class Michael W. Dunn is truly a role model to all Firefighters and this honor reflects the proudest ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.”
Firefighter Dunn introduced and developed the “Your Life Matters” program in Manatee County in response to the heroin overdose epidemic. Taken from an article written by Mike, the program is described as such;
“What I have discovered these last few months is this; these overdose patients are real people with real hearts and they are hurting. The worst part is if they want to get help, it is hard to find where to start. Therefore, I decided to discuss this issue with my department administration. Through a series of discussions, we teamed up with a local drug prevention coalition and decided to do something about this particular void. What we came up with are simple cards that we can hand out to drug overdose patients, family members, and friends. The front of the card says “YOUR LIFE MATTERS” and on the back are direct phone numbers and websites to get help or support. The first thing these patients see on the card is “Your Life Matters” because it does! We care about every person in our community and they matter to us! What started as a simple answer to a question has turned into a countywide movement to show our community that we care! Now every fire truck, ambulance, and police car in our county will be handing these cards out.”
2016 CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE OPEN HOUSE
On Saturday March 5th, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue held its annual open house at Station 3. It was a chance for the community to come out, meet their local firefighters and see the equipment used on a daily basis. There was a live fire demonstration, fire sprinkler presentation, Bayflight Trauma Helicopter, vehicle extrication, inflatable fire safety bounce house, junior firefighter combat challenge, bike rodeo, and many other community agencies who also participated. A big thank you to Winn Dixie on 53rd Street West for preparing and serving the food for this event!
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE WELCOMES 5 NEW FIREFIGHTERS
5 New Firefighters were sworn in at the February 11, 2016, Board of Commissioners Meeting. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue is proud to welcome Firefighter Clint Brekhus, Firefighter Nate Debitetto, Firefighter Josh Moss, Firefighter Scott Viehman, and Firefighter Kody Sallis.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue also honored Deputy Todd Wennberg and Deputy Diorio with a Heroic Act Award. They performed CPR on a drowning victim prior to Fire and EMS arrival, thus rendering aid in an effort to save a life on November 28, 2015.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Announces 2015 Annual Awards and Special Recognition
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue recognized several members of the District during the January 14, 2016 Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting. Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle presented the annual service awards, longevity awards, 2 promotions, and a retirement award.
Employee of the Year Awards
Firefighter Mike Dunn / Firefighter of the Year
Office Administrator Tammy Hager / Exceptional Duty Award
Captain Nick Herlihy / Staff Employee of the Year
Captain Steve LaPlante / Fire Officer of the Year
20 Year Service: Lieutenant Matt Jones (not pictured), Firefighter Keith Ferguson
15 Year Service Firefighter Robert Wadsworth, Firefighter Justin Rudrud (not pictured)
10 Year Service Captain Joe Falcone, Firefighter Justin Jackson, Firefighter Austin Roehl (not pictured)
Firefighter Dunn was presented with the Firefighter of the Year award by Retired Firefighter Tony Fouse on behalf of the VFW Post 10141.
Chief Hoyle announced the retirement of Inspector Diane Chrzanowski. He presented her with a plaque honoring her 28 years of dedicated service. He also presented her with her helmet and the first-issued Retirement Badge.