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PHOTOS: DCES firefighters, EMTs receive awards from peers
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Dawson County Emergency Services personnel were recently presented awards from their peers for their service to Dawson County. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County Emergency Services recently held its annual banquet marking the end of the year with awards given to nine of the department’s personnel who were awarded based on votes from their peers.

“We would like to thank our dedicated and motivated Coworkers who voted for us and who support us every day,” said Lt. Michael Baumgartner, speaking on behalf of all the awardees. “It is truly a blessing to be honored by our peers and serve the citizens and visitors of Dawson County.”

Award winners included: Robert Richards, Firefighter/EMT of the Year; Justin Mitchell, Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year; Lt. Michael Baumgartner, Fire Officer of the Year; Fire Marshal Jeff Bailey, Chief’s Award; Lt. James Free and Firefighter/EMT Josh Warren, Merit Award; Keith Mangum, Firefighter of the Year; Dawn Phillips, Appreciation Award; and Battalion Chief Doug Wofford who is retiring after 40 years of volunteer service. 

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Battalion Chief Doug Wofford is presented with a commemorative axe honoring his 40 years of service with the Dawson County Emergency Services. Wofford retired from DCES on Dec. 19. He is pictured with Fire Chief Danny Thompson. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Fire Marshal Jeff Bailey receives the Chief’s Award from Fire Chief Danny Thompson on Dec. 19. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Fire Station 7’s firefighter/EMT Josh Warren and Lt. James Free receive the Merit Award for their service to Dawson County. They are pictured with Fire Chief Danny Thompson. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Firefighter/EMT Robert Richards receives the Firefighter/EMT of the Year award from Fire Chief Danny Thompson Dec. 19. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Lt. Michael Baumgartner received the Fire Officer of the Year award on Dec. 19. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Mitchell receives the Firefighter/Paramedic Award on Dec. 19. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Dawn Phillips receives the Appreciation Award from Fire Chief Danny Thompson. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Keith Mangum is awarded Volunteer Firefighter of the Year on Dec. 19. He is pictured with Fire Chief Danny Thompson. - photo by Jessica Taylor