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Volunteer Firefighters of the Year named at event held at McMenamins Edgefield resort

COURTESY PHOTO: CORBETT FIRE DISTRICT 14 FIRE - Joe Fahlman president of Corbett Firefighter Asssociation, center, smiles alongside Corbett Fire District 14s Firefighters of the Year, Anthony DeBlock, left, and Dave Selden. For the first time in its history, Corbett Fire District 14 recognized two individuals as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year as selected by members of the Corbett Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Dave Selden, a firefighter from the Springdale Station, and Anthony DeBlock, an engineer with Squad 62, were both named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the district's annual awards event held at McMenamins Edgefield resort in Troutdale on Feb. 8.

Selden, a District 14 member since 2017, responds to a high percentage of calls at the station on Historic Columbia River Highway.

"Dave Selden is highly reliable and frequently available for calls," said District 14 Fire Chief Dave Flood.

Selden, who runs marathons as a hobby, was going to channel his talent into the Firefighters Stairclimb this month to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphomia Society, but the event was canceled.

DeBlock, an engineer on Squad 62, has been a District 14 member since 2010 and is employed as a machinist supervisor. He spends a great deal of time training firefighters and new recruits and also brings his knowledge of rope skills to calls the district responds to in the Columbia River Gorge.

"Anthony truly enjoys training and does an excellent job teaching classes," Flood said.

DeBlock also had planned to participate in the Firefighters Stairclimb for Leukemia.

Troy Snelling, captain of the Springdale Station and a District 14 member for more than 20 years, was named Officer of The Year.

He uses knowledge from his background in the automotive business to teach the latest techniques in extricating individuals trapped in vehicle accidents.

"Troy is the go-to guy for vehicle extrication in our department," Flood said. COURTESY PHOTO: CORBETT FIRE DISTRICT 14  - Joe Fahlman, president of Corbett Firefighter Asssociation, left, presents an award to volunteer firefighter Troy Snelling at the Corbett Fire District 14 Awards Banquet held in February at McMenamins Edgefield.

After the event, Flood went on to praise the diligence and hard work of the volunteer crews he supervises.

"We're very proud of our all-volunteer fire department up here," he said. "All the volunteers work hard, and it's nice to recognize them individually when they go above and beyond their regular duties."

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