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.
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.