Brian Clark named Caraway Fireman of the Year

Thursday, December 14, 2006
"Fireman of the Year" Brian Clark and Fire Chief Barry Riley. (photo provided)

Town Crier News Staff

Brian Clark was named "2006 Fireman of the Year" Saturday at the annual Caraway Fire Department banquet held at the Cowboy Grill.

"Clark has served the training officer for the department," said Fire Chief Barry Riley. "He recently taught two classes where multiple fire departments had students in attendance. He arranged for classes to be held at the Caraway which were taught by the Arkansas Fire Academy."

"Brian is a very qualified fireman," Riley said. "He has earned his certificate for basic firefighting through the academy, which consisted of 96 hours of thorough training."

Greg Adams, who joined the department the latter part of last year, received an award for "Rookie of the Year." Adams was recently chosen by the department to be the lieutenant over the rescue truck.

 Don Fletcher was presented the "Golden Horseshoe Award," which is an award to help a fireman who had some bad luck throughout the past year. Fletcher's misfortune was getting his truck stuck at a fire scene and having to be pulled out by a wrecker.

Other banquet recognations included Lieutenant Jerry Stokes, Lieutenant/Company Chaplain Al Lunsford, Lieutenant Don Fletcher, Lieutenant Tommy Wilbanks, Treasurer Sue Knowlton, Certified Training Officer Brian Clark, Captain Greg Douglas, and Assistant Chief Bo James.

Scott Browning and Brian Wells were also recognized for their efforts to teach fire safety to the smaller children in the Caraway community during Fire Safety Week.

"I am proud of the men and women who make up the Caraway Fire Department," Riley said. "They have stepped up their efforts each year and have made this an outstanding department that the whole community can be very proud of. Leading this group of men and women has been a great pleasure to me. I applaud the department for their drive to improve and hope they continue to do so in the years to come."

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