By: Fred Mullen
On Saturday evening, the Franklin County Fire Advisory Board hosted a Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony for all Franklin County responder agencies. The event was attended by about 150 responders and family members. A traditional Christmas Dinner was served.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Approximately 150 Responders and family members attended the event hosted by the Franklin County Fire Services Advisory Board. All responder agencies and disciplines in the County were invited. Departments with attendees included: Altus FD; Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Barnes FD; Cecil FD; FC EMS; FC OEM; South Ozark/Webb City FD; Pleasant View FD, and, Christian Aid Ministries SAR from Johnson County. (Photo by Melissa Francis)
According to Barnes Fire Fighter Sandra McClellen, Event Committee Member, well over 50 door prizes were given out as well as every child 12 and under received a gift bag. There was also a special drawing for each of the attending fire departments. They received equipment or cash donations.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Traditional Christmas music was provided by Big-D and Friends (L to R) David Doss, Sandra McCellen, David Bowles, Sr. and David Bowles, Jr. (Photo by Melissa Francis)
Fred Mullen, OEM Coordinator, said, “Our special thanks to members of the committee: Sandra McClellan, Dan Cybik, Susan Kinsworthy and Lenona Graham. They did an outstanding job on this event. Board Treasury Frank Theising and OEM Sr. Deputy Coordinator Melissa also contributed greatly to the success of the evening” The event was funded with donations.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Shown here are members of the Pleasant View Fire Department who were recognized for various achievements (L to r) Sean Mahan, Service Award; Art McElhaney, promotion to Captain; Max Miller, Service Award; Frank Theising, Training Officer; Rodney Cline, Team Mate of the Year Award; Dylan Covert, promotion to Lieutenant and Fire Fighter of the Year Award; and, Chief Ruby Robinson.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Watalula Fire Fighters are recognized with Years in Service Awards, (L to R) Don and Shirley Gresham, 20 Years; Judy and Tom Jones, 20 Years; Chief Frank Thiesing; Terri Dickerson, 15 Years; Randy Dickerson, 26 Years; Billy and Barbara Schaffer, 28 Years.
David Sutter presents Maxwell Miller with the SAR Volunteer of the Year Award
Judge Rickey Bowman was the key note speaker. Music was provided by David Bowles and Friends . There will be pictures of the award winners in this week’s and next week’s paper . Also, please find an advertisement in the paper with a list of the sponsors who made the evening possible.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Judge Rickey Bowman was the Keynote Speaker for the event. He spoke of his appreciation of our responders and illustrated it by sharing a heart warming story regarding his Father’s illness and the response by Fire Medical Responders and EMS to assist his family. He thanked the responders and their families for all the time and effort they give to make Franklin County a safer place to live.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–Fred Mullen, OEM/FS Coordinator presents David Bowles,Jr, Chief of Barnes Fire Department, with Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his service as President of the Board.
FCFSAB Christmas Dinner and Awards Ceremony–FC SAR Team Leader David Sutter presents Vernon Hofstedler, Team Leader of ‘Christian Aid Minsteries SAR Team 10’ with a Certificate of Recognition as 2018 Mutual Aid Partner of the Year. Team 10 is affiliated with the Amish/Mennonite Church located near Hunt in Johnson County. Some past recipients of this award have included: Ozark FD; Mulberry FD; St. Paul FD, and, the Crawford County SAR Team.
The Fire Board would like to thank the following for contributions to our Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Plese give them a thank you when you see them or visit there place of business.
*Bill’s Wrecker *Black Hills * Branch FD * Buzy Bee *Byrd’s Adventure Center *Coffee Break *Dan Cybik *Dave Sutter *David Bowles Sr.
* Del Sol Mexican Restaurant *Down South Trends *El Puerto Mexican Restaurant *EVS Fire Supply * FC EMS * Foy Eddings * Fred Mullen * Frank Theising
*Ken’s Towing *Main Street BarBQ *Mediquik Pharmacy *NAPA * PVFD *Post Winery *Roma Italian Restaurant * Sandra McClellan *SO/WC FD Southern Grill *Turner’s Bend *Village Pharmacy *Watalula FD Aux *Work Safe
The dinner was catered by the Roasting Redhead