Dawson County Emergency Services held its annual appreciation and awards banquet. This year's event was held at the Dawson County Junior High School and was attended by a large number of department members and their families, along with several guests, including members of the board of commissioners.
The Dec. 2 awards program opened by recognizing and highlighting many of this year's accomplishments by the department, followed by a short video featuring a new partnership with the Community Based Instruction Program of Dawson County High School.
The following individuals received service awards:
Firefighter/Paramedic Tim Cameron - 5 years
Firefighter/EMT Matthew Satterfield - 5 years
Firefighter Zack Adams - 5 years
Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Grizzle - 5 years
K9 Handler Teresa Christian - 5 years
Capt. Jeff Bailey - 20 years
The following individuals received awards for their performance and dedication to the department in 2016:
Support Firefighter of the Year - FF/EMR Don Jones
Volunteer Firefighter of the Year - FF/EMT Ben Adams
Career Firefighter of the Year - FF/Paramedic Adam Gilreath
Volunteer Officer of the Year - Lt. John Tarantino
Career Fire Officer of the Year - Lt. James Free
2016 LEGENDS Award - Capt. Denny Blackwell