The Churubusco Fire Department held their annual elections of officers and awarded firefighters for their dedication and heroism.
On June 1 of this year, local resident Chad Tucker was having some trouble breathing and was being driven to the hospital by his wife when they decided to stop by the fire station to have him checked out.
Within minutes of their arrival Tucker had a heart attack and had to be resuscitated not once, but twice by firefighters and paramedics in the parking lot.
Tucker and his family joined the department at their meeting and thanked the department for all that they do.
“You are very special people and I cannot thank you enough for all that you did,” said Tucker with tears in his eyes.
(Kris Bair (right) co-chair of the nominating committee presents Erich Smith with the firefighter of the year award.)
The second award of the evening was for firefighter of the year, which is voted on by department members.
Only two years into his membership on the department Erich Smith received the award for his dedication to the department no matter the day, time or type of incident.
“He always has a good attitude and is smiling when he’s around,” said Kris Bair as he presented Smith with the award.
Elections of Officers
Roger Bennett will be serving his third consecutive year as fire chief and Chris Tomlinson will be the assistant chief in 2011.
The board of directors for 2011 will include Darrell Resler, Chris Holloway, Wayne Krider, Ben Rinker, Kris Bair, Bruce Shanabarger and Justin Snyder.