Cole County Fire Protection District
The Cole County Fire Protection District held their 2022 annual service awards banquet. The annual event shows appreciation to the firefighter’s for their years of service and dedication to the district. There is another aspect that really stands out with the 2022 service awards. The District recognized 4 firefighters who have given 145 years of service to the district. The combined years of service of district personnel are over 1300 years. This in itself shows the commitment to the district by its personnel in the aspects of training, call response and the rewards of helping others in their time of need. The following fire fighters were recognized for years of service.
Fire Fighter Matt Prenger
Captain Alan Braun
Chief Wayne Hammann Captain Steve Cearlock
Fire Fighter of the Year
Fire Fighter Tim Kennedy
Officer of the Year
Captain Blake Bopp
Special Recognition Award
Administrative Secretary Julie Rademann
Outstanding Community Service Award
Fire Fighter Diana Ruthledge
The district also recognized the support of the firefighters spouses and their families for when the call comes in, the firefighters leave their families to help their neighbors in their time of need.
The District is always looking for men and women who would proudly serve the community. Firefighting is a very rewarding experience helping those in need, whether it is educating children on fire safety, extricating people from vehicle accidents, to extinguishing fires. If you are interested please contact the District office at 573-634-9011.
Chief Wayne Hammann and Captain Steve Cearlock received the 50 year award for years of service to the fire district. Board members Braun and Smith also have over 50 years of service. The combined total of all four fire district members are 206 years.