Douglas and Fletcher named Caraway Firemen of the Year
Captain Greg Douglas and Lieutenant Don Fletcher were presented plaques for "Fireman of the Year 2005" for the Caraway Volunteer Fire Department during a special banquet held Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Cowboy Grill.
The Fireman of the Year recipients were chosen by firemen during their November meeting, voting secret ballot, and the results were not disclosed until the banquet presentation.
"Greg Douglas, Don Fletcher and Bradley Rece were all nominated for this award," Riley said. "After the secret ballot vote, Bo, Mayor South and I tallied the votes, and Greg and Don tied. We decided to honor both of them as Fireman of the Year. That went well with what has happened as a department this year. The department has been very much improved this past year, due to the fact everyone is getting involved and working harder to make the department the best ever. I look out and see a room full of firemen of the year."
Douglas, Fletcher and Rece were presented with certificates for their nomination as Fireman of the Year. The department also recognized other fireman who had accomplished some personal goals to help improve the department.
Scott Browning, Training Officer Brian Clark, and Douglas received certificates for receiving their Basic Fire Fighter Patch from the Arkansas Fire Academy. The basic patch requires fire fighters take 96 hours of basic training to receive a patch. All three members received their badge in April.
Brian Clark also received appreciation as a Certified Training Officer by working with the fire academy in sponsoring four different classes at Caraway for fire fighters training.
Browning received a certificate for public relations. Browning went to the Riverside East Elementary School and taught the kids about fire safety. He also talked to the senior class at Riverside High School about becoming volunteer firemen and expressed the need for their help.
Ronnie Juynor Jr. was recognized for his efforts and courage while recovering from surgery.
Lieutenant Al Lunsford was recognized for being named the department chaplain.
Lieutenant Tommy Wilbanks, Assistant Chief James, Aldermen John Boatman, and Marvin Browning were all recognized with certificates for serving on the fire truck committee. The committee was in charge of finding a tanker truck that would suit the needs of the Caraway community. Wilbanks was recognized as the chairman of the committee.
The department also gave out the First Annual Golden Horseshoe Award. This award was given to a fireman who had run into some kind of bad luck during the year. The first recipient of the award was Gary Don Hurst. Hurst was injured during the Fourth of July fireworks display.
Scott Browning presented Chief Riley with an award in appreciation for his outstanding service throughout the year 2005.
"Chief Riley has put in numerous amounts of man hours in securing grants and training in which the departments budget was increased by 84 percent," Browning said.
The department in whole had received certificates for over 660 hours spent on training at the Arkansas Fire Academy.
"All the training is beginning to show now," James said. "By looking at the amount of property that has been saved due to fire department action over the past year, gives us great pride. This is something the department will continue to make even better, as time goes by."