Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosted their annual awards banquet Feb. 4 at the station – with a very strong attendance for the department’s premiere community celebration, where neighbors and friends come out in force and bring their favorite recipes to share.
Board of supervisors chairman and Wakefield district representative Roger Welch and his lovely wife were in attendance as were several past departmental fire chiefs and presidents. Those members receiving 2011 honors were David Settle (President’s Award); Ashley Crawford (Junior EMS Responder of the Year); Dylan Norman (Junior Firefighter of the Year); Chester Gap Grocery (Most Supportive Community Member); Angie Norman (Most Supportive Member); Brandon Phillips (EMS Responder of the Year) and Kurt Feldmeyer (Firefighter of the Year). All of these fine men and woman have served tirelessly throughout the past year and beyond to provide their very best service to our community and deserve our heartfelt thanks.
Those same volunteers who found themselves receiving awards from their local station here were also nominated to the Rappahannock County Fire & Rescue Association’s Board of Directors to be considered for awards from Rappahannock County as well. The association hosted its annual banquet Feb. 11 at the Sperryville fire hall with representatives from all local fire and rescue departments in attendance.
To say that our local first responders made a strong showing or that they made us proud would be an understatement. Being recognized by the county fire and rescue association as 2011 Junior EMS Responder of the Year was Chester Gap’s Ashley Crawford; 2011 Junior Firefighter of the Year was Chester Gap’s Dylan Norman anbd 2011 Firefighter of the Year was our own Kurt Feldmeyer.
Also receiving the prestigious award for Outstanding Service to the Rappahannock County Fire and Rescue Association was the association’s immediate past president, and Chester Gap Fire Chief, Clinton Wines. Chief Wines was also honored recently in Warren County (where the Chester Gap department also has first-response status) as Fire Officer of the Year for 2011. So again, friends, if you see any of these fine volunteers out at the station or the local store, make sure that you introduce yourself and say thanks, if you would, for what I’d hope you would say was a job well done.
It comes to mind, friends, that I may not have reported to you exactly who your local officers were with Chester Gap Fire and Rescue for 2012. Elected at the department’s regular meeting in December to serve throughout 2012 are: Fire Chief Clinton Wines, Asst. Fire Chief Brandon Phillips; Fire Capt. Kurt Feldmeyer; Fire Lt. Mike Williams; and EMS Capt. Tabetha Swain. And the Board of Directors: President Chris Ubben, Vice President Curtis “Randy” Norman, Treasurer Maybelle Gilkey, Secretary Stephanie Crawford and Member-at-Large Angie Norman.