BRIER HILL - The Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department celebrated the efforts of its membership at the annual awards ceremony held Saturday night.
The ceremony, attended by roughly 100 people, was held in the old fire station. Chief Shawn R. Macaulay promised attendees that next year the event would take place in the newly built station down the road at the intersection of Route 37 and School Street.
The new station became operational in early February, and Mr. Macaulay said the department hopes to finish the community center at the back of the station this year.
President David W. Stout III also thanked the members for their work on the new building.
I think we had a great job done, he said.
Currently the new stations garage is complete along with the chiefs office, radio room and meeting center.
Mr. Macaulay recognized three people for their service this year.
Mr. Stout was honored as fireman of the year for his work on the new building.
It probably wouldnt have happened without his effort, Mr. Macaulay said, adding that Mr. Stout was instrumental in organizing the project and even loaning equipment to the project.
[Mr. Stout] gave whatever we needed, Mr. Macaulay said.
David Forjone was given this years Chiefs Award by Mr. Macaulay for his efforts to help around the station.
Mr. Macaulay said Mr. Forjone helps me out; anything I ask gets done.
The Emergency Medical Service Award went to Jill Aldrich for her work at a recent call where she rushed a newborn baby to the hospital.
It was quite a feat, Mr. Macaulay said.
Ray Langtry was recognized for serving the department for 55 years; Reggie McLear was recognized for serving 45 years; Ron Tully was recognized for serving 25 years; Nola Forjone was recognized for 15 years of service; Pat Perretta was recognized for 10 years of service; Bruce Whitmarsh and Dave Johnson were recognized for five years of service.
The Brier Hill Ladies Auxiliary also presented the fire department with a $2,000 check, and Mr. Macaulay said, Without the auxiliary we wouldnt be able to do our job. They help us with anything we need.
Mr. Stout also thanked the auxiliary for their help at fires and with fundraising.
Auxiliary Chief Leesa V. Rogers said, Id like to thank all of our members for doing a great job.
Auxiliary member Chris Ritchie was recognized for five years of service; Susan Stout and Schelin Crosby were recognized for 20 years of service; and Janet Woodside was honored for 45 years of service.
Tiffany Bartlett was recognized with the auxiliary Chiefs Award.
Mr. Stout also thanked the 11 new members that joined the fire department in 2013.
Its greatly appreciated that these guys are in here and putting the effort in, he said.