by Nicole Reitz
The City of Fulton paid tribute last Wednesday to its hometown heroes men and women of the fire and police departments.
Mayor Ron Woodward offered a few words of appreciation to the those in these difficult jobs during the 17th annual Awards & Commendations ceremony held at the Fulton Municipal Building.
“We know what you do, we monitor what you do, and we appreciate it,” said Woodward. “With the aftermath of what happened in Boston, it brings to mind more than ever how important and how much we need our first responders.”
Community Service Award
The first award of the night, the 2012 Community Service Award, was presented by Investigator Aimee May to Fulton resident Jan Rebeor.
Rebeor is a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and an active member in the community, volunteering with a number of organizations, including Fulton’s Project Bloom, the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon, Tunes in June and Jazz Fest.
“This year’s recipient makes unique contributions that enriches our society and makes our community a better place to live,” said May.
The first service award for first responders was a recognition for excellence in attendance. An attendance program for the fire and police departments recognizes those employees who have completed two consecutive years of service without an absence.
They are Paul Kinne, Michael Tetro, Robert Summerville, Daniel O’Mara, Steven Dexter, Aaron Howard, Mark Pollock, Ralph McCann and William Clark, and Victor Kaufman.
Officer Brian Dumas was the recipient of the Triumphant Award in the fitness category. Every year, members of the police and fire department are given the opportunity to test themselves physically in the annual fitness challenge. Dumas met that challenge and scored in the 90th percent or better.
They also presented a certificate of excellence to the following members who scored in the 85th percent or better category: Captain David Eiffe, Lt. William Bullock, Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore and Lt. William Clark.
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