2014 Awards







IMG Recognizes First Responders

September 12, 2014 IMG Academy hosted a home football game that included a ceremony to honor and recognize First Responders. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Training Officer, Captain Nick Herlihy (left) and Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Center (center) received recognition awards. Congratulations guys!








Commission Meeting September 10, 2014 – Special Presentations/Promotion

Mr. Thomas Clifton was presented a Life Saving Award for performing CPR on a cardiac arrest patient prior to the arrival of rescue crews. The patient survived. The event occurred on August 15, 2014.


Firefighter Justin Rudrud was presented a Phoenix Award for his participation in the successful resuscitation of five cardiac arrest patients.


Firefighter John Eibe was promoted to Third Class Firefighter


Barbara Scott and her mother, Elizabeth Scott, were introduced to the Board of Fire Commissioners. Barbara was involved in a vehicle accident in 2010 and is recovering from her injuries. The Scotts thanked the responders previously and presented Cedar Hammock with a gift of their appreciation. Elizabeth Scott is writing a book detailing the event and recovery of her daughter.



Arriving to School Safely 


Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue assisted with ensuring local children arrived safe to school as Manatee County 2014-/2015 school year began the week of August 18. Engine companies stood by at several elementary and middle schools in the District for three shifts. Pictured above L to R Lieutenant Mike Soper and Firefighters Jason Moore and Mike Dunn from Engine Company 241.


Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Assists Church of the Cross with the 2014 Students for Success Program

Cedar Hammock personnel assisted Pastor Stan Pavkovich and his congregation at the Church of the Cross with the distribution of over 700 school backpacks and supplies for children in need. Two Engine Companies helped distribute these items at Bayshore Elementary School on August 13 and 14. Cedar Hammock personnel donated $690 to this worthwhile event.


Pictured above L to R: Lieutenant Brett, Firefighters Moore and Childress


CHFR Commission Meeting – June 12, 2014


Chief Hoyle recognized Firefighter Aron Kaloostian for promoting to 3rd Class Firefighter. Congratulations Aron!!!






Cedar Hammock Commission Meeting, May 8, 2014



CHFR Participates in the Annual Hernando De Soto Parade April 26, 2014


CHFR Open House April 12, 2014

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Chief Hoyle recognized Firefighter Randall Fowler for promoting to 3rd Class Firefighter. Congratulations Randall!






Cedar Hammock Awards Presentations February 13, 2014

Fire Chief Jeff Hoyle presented Sharon Parker a recognition award for her 21 years at CHFR. Sharon retired December 2013. She served the District from 1992-2013. Thank you very much for your service and enjoy your retirement!

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Chief Hoyle also recognized Firefighter Nate Axness for achieving the rank of 3rd Class Firefighter. Nate joined the department in 2013. Great job Nate!


Church of the Cross and Cedar Hammock Adopt-a-Family 2013

Chief Hoyle and Pastor Stan Pavkovich introduced the family our agencies were blessed to assist during the holidays.

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Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue 2014 Awards



Board of Commissioners Meeting August 8, 2013


Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 27, 2013





Firefighter John Leydon Retires after 21 Years with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue

Division Chief Dan Center Retires after 30 Years with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue

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At the recent CHFR Board of Commissioners Meeting, February 14, 2013, Nathan Axness (left) and Garrett Lindgren (right) were sworn in as CHFR’s newest Firefighters. Welcome to the family!

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Axness and Lindgren swearing in. Years of Service Awards.

Most impressive, were the Years of Service Awards given: Training Officer Leigh Hollins – 35 years, Battalion Chief Sam Collier – 30 years, Battalion Chief Alex Lobeto – 25 years, Captain Mark Bandstra – 25 years, Inspector Diane Chrzanowski – 25 years, Lieutenant Brett Pritchard – 20 years, Administrative Assistant Sharon Parker – 20 years, Firefighter Eddie Anderson – 15 years, Firefighter Mike Sheets – 15 years, Firefighter Ryan French – 10 years, Firefighter Lenny Furst – 10 years, Firefighter Nick Lynch – 5 years and Firefighter James Taylor – 5 years.


At the recent CHFR Board of Commissioners Meeting held January 10, 2013, Fire Chief Randall Stulce (right) presented Lieutenant Nick Herlihy (left) the Phoenix Award for his involvement in the successful recovery of five cardiac patients.

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue presented its 2012 awards Friday, December 7th at its annual Appreciation Dinner. The following personnel were celebrated:

A Shift Firefighter of the Year – First Class Firefighter John Leydon

B-Shift Firefighter of the Year – First Class Firefighter Andrew Dudley

C-Shift Firefighter of the Year – First Class Firefighter Eddie Anderson

Officer of the Year – Lieutenant Nick Herlihy

Staff Employee of the Year – Bookkeeper Denise McCaughan

Exceptional Duty Award – Division Chief Daniel Center

Congratulations Everyone!

October 3, 2012, Cedar Hammock Fire crews were dispatched for an overturned crane. This crane boom could not have landed in a better spot: wires to the right and a strip mall far right, to the left a classroom full of students and their teacher. Very close call!

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