The Aurora Fire District and District #63 Firefighters Association showed appreciation for their volunteers and staff on Feb. 18 at the annual Firefighters Banquet.
Years of service awards were given to six members of the 35-member fire district.
• Five Years of Service Award: Firefighter / EMT Alisha Kuenzi, Firefighter Matt Yakes, Support / EMT Jennifer Smith
• 10 Years of Service Award: Lieutenant Tim Gloy
• 30 Years of Service Award: Operations Chief Greg Dyke
• 35 Years of Service Award: Capt. Dan Yoder
Also recognized at the firefighters banquet were newly promoted Lts. Jordan Kuenzi and Nathan Smith. Both Kuenzi and Smith have been with the Aurora Fire District for seven years. They completed hundreds of hours of training to reach their level of certification and to obtain their paramedic license. They have also completed hundreds of hours of volunteering for emergency response to gain experience.
These two are now supervisors to the crew of the unit they respond with during emergencies. They will provide direction to the crew to work as a team to serve our community members in their time of need.
Additionally, Kuenzi was named as Aurora Fire District's member of the year, presenting the award to him at an earlier monthly association meeting.
"It's been a pleasure watching these firefighters grow to become the professionals they are today," Fire Chief Rod Yoder said. "I've personally watched some of them start out with no knowledge or experience in the fire service, and now they are leaders and are training our newest members. They put in a lot of their time training and responding to emergencies, all for the benefit of their community and neighbors. That really says something about a person."
The Aurora Fire District is always seeking new members to join its team. The district provides all equipment and training. Anyone interested in becoming a support member, emergency medical responder or firefighter can fill out an online application at >www.aurorafire.org.