Fire and Rescue honors its heroes

The Baltimore Sun

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.

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