Morenci's annual fire awards presented 02.10.10

Written by David Green.

Awards were presented last month at the Morenci Fire Department’s annual banquet.

Derek Bode was named Firefighter of the Year. His nominator, Kim Valentine, said he was impressed with the amount of training in which Bode has participated.

Bode joined the department less than two years ago, but he’s been involved with the Firefighter I and II classes, a liquified petroleum class, the Rapid Intervention Team and others. He’s also helped with the department’s website and with fund-raising efforts.

Fire Sirens president Julie Lonis presented the Fire Siren of the Year award to Alice Lonis.

Explorer awards were presented by Delbert McClain. Certificates were presented to all five members and special recognition was given to Co-Explorers of the Year R.J. Robinson and Tyler Schell.

Service awards were issued to the following fire fighters: Bob Walton, 40 years; Delbert McClain, 20 years; Nick Smith and Richard Stevens, 10 years; and Chad Averill, five years.

Fire chief Chad Schisler introduced members who joined in 2009: Cory Holt, Tiffany Knox, Josh Oltz, Cody Thompson and Richard Warren.

Other members are Brad Lonis, assistant chief; Kim Valentine, 3rd captain; Bronson DiCenso, 4th captain; Nick Smith, fifth captain; Matt Simpkins, 6th captain; Farra Ryan, secretary; Duyane Dickerson, 1st engineer; Micah  Borton, 2nd engineer; Derek Bode, 3rd engineer; Richard Burstall, chaplain;

Chad Averill, Jacob Clark, Emily Collins, Jon Erskin, Nick Fenner, Phil Funchion, Matt Higgins, Dave Lonis, Delbert McClain, Kyle McClain, Steve Meller, Doug Mohr, Bob Mohr, Stephen Olmstead, Jeff Ort, Duane Powell, Corey Sallows, Dustin Sell, Richard Stevens and Bob Walton.

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