02/08/2012: "SJI Firefighters Honored For Service"
(L to R: Michael Hartzell, Harry See, Ian Paterson, Jeremiah Lord, Lunnette Higdon-Hertel, Jerry Henderson, and Rebecca and Francis Smith.-Ron Garner photo)
Jerry Henderson and Robert Pauls received San Juan Island Fire Department’s highest awards Saturday night when the department celebrated the 2011 contributions of its members at the University of Washington dining hall.
The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service in 2011 at the annual awards banquet, which was attended by about 85 people including guests.
Entertainment was provided by Jim Moe as Frank Sinatra with the theme “Honeymoon in Las Vegas.”
San Juan County officially recognized San Juan County Fire District #3 as a fire district on October 6, 1958. The fire district covers about 55 square miles, which includes all of San Juan Island, as well as Brown and Pearl islands.
The following firefighters were honored with special awards for their service in 2011:
Firefighter of the Year - Robert Pauls
Officer of the Year - Jerry Henderson
Rookie of the Year - Ian Paterson
Support Volunteer of the Year - Karen Marler
The following firefighter station awards were given:
Station 30 (Downtown) - Jenny Benedict
Station 31(Mullis St.) - Matthew Dobbs
Station 32 (Cape San Juan) - Dan Tracy
Station 33 (Little Mountain) - Harry See
Station 34 (Sunset Point) - Michael Hartzell
Station 35 (Roche Harbor) - Robert Pauls
Station 36 (Eagle Crest) - Jeremiah Lord
Plaques were given to retiring firefighters Rick Prescott (1988-2011), Lunnette Higdon-Hertel (1989-2011), Francis Smith (1995-2011) and Rebecca Smith (1995-2011).
Chris Wisniewski was recognized for 15 years of service; Joe Cooper, Mark Tompkins and Dan Tracy were recognized for 10 years of service; and Ken Clark was recognized for five years of service.
The San Juan Island Fire Department would like to thank the Orcas Fire Department for providing a crew of five firefighters to cover an initial response in case of a call during our banquet.