The annual Howard County Fire and Rescue Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday evening at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville. Among the attendees was Capt. William Rozier, who recently returned from a tour in Iraq and who awarded plaques to those instrumental in putting together care packages for him while he was overseas, said department spokesman William Mould.
Also there was the family of a child who was 18 months old when responders found him in respiratory arrest in May and quickly restored his breathing.
Following are award winners for their service in 2007, in order of presentation:
Unit Citation: Crews handling a Feb. 6 incident at Route 32 and Rosemary Lane.
Meritorious Service Awards: Battalion Chief Charles Sharpe; Firefighter/HVO Thomas Boyd; Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Koons, Firefighter Erik Fesmire; Battalion Chief Gary Jones; Capt. Raymond Petry; Lt. Paramedic Karen Fisher, Firefighter John Fitzgerald; Firefighter John Caruso; Firefighter Christopher High; Firefighter Jeffery Carter.
Chief's Award: Crews of Tower 2, Ellicott City, and Tanker 11, Scaggsville
Unit Citation: Crews of Ambulance 96, Columbia
Gold Medal: Capt. John Bean; Lt. Dave Olson; Firefighter/Paramedic Charles Wood
Bronze Medal: Firefighter Joshua Burchick; Firefighter John Jenkins
Life Safety Award: Assistant Chief Kevin Simmons
Gift of Life Award: Crews handling a May 18 incident, 7810 Fieldstone Court
Training Awards: Instructors of Trainee Classes 22 and 23
Meritorious Service Awards: Crews handling a May 23 cardiac arrest, 9507 Wind Beat Way; STEMI program
Gift of Life Award: Crews handling a July 16 incident, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Scarff
Gift of Life Award: Crews handling a July 22 incident, 7455 Eden Brook Drive
Retiree Recognition: Firefighter Brian R. Moe; Battalion Chief John J. Fisher; Deputy Chief Richard A. Freas; Chief Deputy W. Raymond Faith
Unit Citation: Crews handling a Aug. 13 incident, 10333 Cavey Lane
Meritorious Service Award: Tactical Medic program
Stork Award: Crews handling a Aug. 27 baby delivery, 7110 Minstrel Way
Volunteer of the Year: Capt. Herman Robertson
Gift of Life Award: Crews handling a Nov. 9 incident, 10481 Cross Fox Lane
Career Firefighter of the Year: Lt. Thomas Gerber
Silver Medal: Lt. Paramedic Sean Alliger; Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Ricker; Firefighter Evan Tyler
Career Officer of the Year: Capt. John Merson III
Gift of Life Award: Crews handling a Nov. 19 rescue, Route 29 and Route 100
Unit Citation: Crews handling a Dec. 18 incident, 9446 Granite Hill.