As you read previously, QFD held our annual Company Banquet on March 20, 2021. At the banquet every year, we recognize members of the Company that go out of their way to make our organization, and our community, a much better place. We appreciate every single members dedication and time spent helping to protect our community, and we do not take that for granted.
Life Membership – After 20 years of active service to the Company, members are eligible for Life Membership. Each member that is up for Life Membership gets voted on by the group of current life members. This year, QFD bestowed Life Membership on 5 members (many of them having more that 20 years of service, but we needed to catch up on a few). Ronald “Diz” Swayne, Joel Neff, Isreal Stoltzfus, Elam Esh and Laurie Singles were all presented their gold cards and pins.
Special Division Member of the Year – Chosen by the members of the Special Division Committee, this years Member of the Year was Erin Welk for helping to chair the committee and all of the time and dedication she put into the last several years.
Firefighter of the Year – Each year, the FF of the Year is chosen by the membership of the Company. This years Firefighter of the Year was presented to Mike Swayne by the 2020 FF of the Year, Sam Fisher. Mike has been an active and integral part of the Company for many years, most recently serving as Captain.
We also presented many Years of Service Awards to members, along with the President’s and Fire Chief’s Award (Linda Bledsoe and Carl Weicksel).