Fire companies shine bright at awards

The Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association held their annual awards banquet and dance at the Amissville fire hall last Saturday evening (Feb. 16). Following a meal catered by the Country Cafe, 120 of the county’s fire and rescue volunteers and their guests honored some of their own for their service to the county in 2012.

Winners from Saturday’s awards banquet were (from left) Bruce Sloane, Brian Ross, Donald Armel, Elyssa Armel, Mike Williams, Doug Baumgardner and treasurer John H. Woodward. Courtesy photo.
Winners from Saturday’s awards banquet were (from left) Bruce Sloane, Brian Ross, Donald Armel, Elyssa Armel, Mike Williams, Doug Baumgardner and treasurer John H. Woodward. Courtesy photo.

Chris Parrish, Stonewall-Hawthorne district supervisor, represented the board of supervisors. Sheriff Connie Smith and a number of the deputies and dispatchers of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office were also among the attendees.

After an invocation by Rev. Jon Heddleston of Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville, which hosts the annual memorial service for the county’s emergency responders every Sept. 11, association president Russ Collins led the introductions and, along with secretary Arthur Candenquist, announced the awards and presented the recipients their plaques and letters of commendation.

Mike Williams of Chester Gap was honored as Firefighter of the Year. EMS Provider of the Year went to the Sperryville Rescue Squad’s Brian Ross. Chester Gap’s Donald Armel and Elyssa Armel won Junior Firefighter of the Year and Junior EMS Provider, respectively.

The Outstanding Supporting Member was given to Sperryville Rescue’s Bruce Sloane, while the Outstanding Community Support award went to the Washington law firm of Baumgardner, Brown and Cupp. Nominated by the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, attorney Douglas Baumgardner accepted the award for the firm.

The night’s final award, Outstanding Contributor to the Association, went to association treasurer John Henry Woodward, in honor of his longstanding and continuous work.

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