Submitted by the San Juan Island Fire and Rescue
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue celebrated another year of service at their annual banquet at Downriggers, Saturday, Jan. 20. As part of the festivities, Chief Brad Creesy presented many members with awards and recognition for their dedication to the department.
Among the awards were (from left to right in the photo): Assistant Chief Noel Monin, for 20 years of service; Lt. Erin Graham, officer of the year; Captain Tad Lean, 25 years of service; Kate McDowell logistics member of the year; Firefighter Ron Stanger, 20 years of service; Lt. Harry See, operator of the year; Michelangelo von Dassow, rookie of the year; and Nicolas Wainwright, firefighter of the year.
In addition, five members were recognized for their dedication to public education, including school visits, the safety fair, and fire extinguisher training. Those who were recognized were: Firefighter Melissa Arata, Firefighter Susan Risser, Firefighter Peter Risser, Lt. Erin Graham, and Firefighter Kathleen Salinas.
The department would like to especially thank Orcas Island Fire and Rescue for sending an engine and crew to provide first response during the banquet, Joan Williams for coordinating the banquet, the San Juan Firefighters’ Association, the Friday Harbor Firefighters’ Association Thrift House, and Debbie and the whole crew at Downriggers for a lovely evening.