At the annual Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association awards banquet, held at the Sperryville fire station’s social hall on Feb. 11, six of the county’s emergency responders and one local business were honored for their service to the community in 2011.
This year more than 100 fire and rescue members, their families and guests attended the banquet. The excellent meal was catered by Michelle Jenkins of Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department and her family members, Diana Weakley and Chrissy Jenkins. Following the meal and the awards, music was provided by the Front Royal band Shotgun Shiver.
Each year, the county’s seven volunteer public safety organizations nominate members of their companies who best represent the respective categories as Firefighter of the Year, EMS Provider of the Year, Junior Firefighter of the Year, Junior EMS Provider of the Year and Supporting Member of the Year. In addition, the companies can nominate a local business, or a local resident who is not a member of the local company, that’s supported fire-rescue in the previous year. The association also nominates one of its own delegates as Outstanding Contributor to the Association.
Recommendation letters are submitted to the association’s executive committee, which votes on which individual, resident or business most exemplifies the category. The decisions grow more difficult each year.
For their service in 2011, Kurt Feldmyer of Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue was awarded Firefighter of the Year; Harold Beebout of Sperryville Rescue was EMS Provider of the Year; Dylan Norman, Chester Gap, was Junior Firefighter of the Year; Ashley Crawford, Chester Gap, was Junior EMS Provider of the Year; Donald Gore, Sperryville Rescue Squad, was Supporting Member of the Year; and immediate association past president Clinton Wines, with the Chester Gap company, was Outstanding Contributor to the Association.
The award for Outstanding Community Support went to J.D. Hartman of High on the Hog restaurant in Sperryville. The business was nominated by Sperryville Rescue Squad for the support the squad received from the restaurant during the past year.