|Volunteers Lauded for Contributions|
|By Susie Nicol|
|June 8, 2021|
While doors of businesses and churches were closed due to the pandemic, that wasn’t the case at volunteer fire and EMS stations around the county.
Despite COVID concerns, volunteer crews remained vigilant and continued to respond to calls in their communities.
The efforts were lauded Monday night during the annual awards ceremony of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
In addition to responding to emergencies, several dozen volunteers took additional training to help vaccinate residents at local clinics.
FCVFRA President Alan Hurley added: “This past year and a half has been challenging for emergency services, and I want you all to know that your hard work is sincerely appreciated. Your continued dedication to your communities through these hard times defines what it means to be a volunteer.”
Mentioning the fire service history in the county, Hurley noted: “We have seen increasing safety measures, updated gear and equipment but one thing remains the same, the commitment of our volunteers.”
In addition to individual awards handed out at the event in Walkersville, several people were selected to the FCVFRA Hall of Fame for their contributions.
They include Charlotte Barnhouse and Debra Ferrell, Brunswick Vol. Ambulance and Rescue Co. Auxiliary; David Beaulieu (posthumously) and Richard Keyser Sr., Middletown; Martha Norwood and Ronald “Bull” Witt, Urbana; Jim Rice, Rocky Ridge; Louis Powell, Graceham; Gerald Wayne Stull, Lewistown and Michael R. Naill, Libertytown.
Award winners include:
Louise Lenhart Auxiliary Encouragement Award - Susan Hoffman, Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Company Auxiliary
Cletta Abrecht Auxiliary Member of the Year - Michael Gladhill, Middletown Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
Winona "Winnie" Crum Rookie of the Year Award - Scott Stanley, Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Charies H "Mutt" Deater Jr. Apprentice of the Year Award - Aahana Kothandaraman, Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
Everett W. Gaver Department/Church/Community Service Award -- Myrtle Sturtz, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary
Robert L. Renner Departmental Service Award - Christine Smith, Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Mumma Outstanding Service Award - Craig Hovermale, Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company
Millard M. "Mick" Mastrino Instructor/Safety Award - David Eaves, New Market District Volunteer Fire Company
Dr. James Marrone EMS Member of the Year - Amanda Kate Lott, Graceham Volunteer Fire Company
EMS Medal of Valor - Jay Betts, New Market District Volunteer Fire Company
Firefighter of the Year Award - Ethan McClure - Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company
Firefighter Medal of Valor - Clifton Kraft, New Market District Volunteer Fire Company
Michael Wilcom Officer of the Year Award - Michael Donaldson, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company
Heart of a Volunteer Award - Paul Delbert Stull, Lewistown District Volunteer Fire Department
Bruce L Reeder Sr. "Golden" Service Award - Larrie R. Welsh, Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department