Morenci firefighters honored 2.11

Written by David Green.

The Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to two firefighters at the Morenci Fire Department annual banquet and awards program last month. Brad Lonis and Micah Borton both earned Firefighter of the Year status. firefighters.2009.jpg

Borton was recognized for his continuing commitment to be present at all meetings, equipment checks and training sessions required. He has attended RIT training, NIMS training, large truck extrication training, and strategies and tactics training. He is currently serving as third engineer and is always willing to help.

Lonis was recognized for his commitment to training the members of the department. He spends many hours scheduling and planning training sessions to allow the members the opportunity to practice and improve their skills. His ability to blend the trainings to include everyone from a rookie to a 40-year veteran is what allows the department to grow and advance with new techniques and technology.

Service awards were presented to Brad Lonis for 15 years of service and Justin Dickerson for five years of service. Lonis received an engraved wall clock and a 15-year pin and Dickerson received a five-year pin.

The awards banquet included a power point presentation of the year in review by Capt. Nick Smith and Chief Chad Schisler. Guest speaker Harry Burdick discussed changes in the fire service and offered jokes and trivia questions to the audience.

The Morenci Fire Siren of the Year award was presented to Julie Lonis. The Fire Sirens presented the department with 20 90-degree LED flashlights that will be worn on turn-out gear.

The Morenci Fire Explorer Post was recognized for the dedication they have shown in learning the techniques to become a firefighter and their assistance at training sessions and on the ground.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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