Thomas Creek Westside Rural Fire Protection District held its annual awards banquet Sunday, March 14 at the Lakeview Elks Lodge. Guests enjoyed a dinner with choice of tri-tip or chicken catered by Clint and Carly Remstedt before the awards ceremony began.
Mitch Ishida was named 2020 Firefighter of the Year, Steve Yates was awarded 2020 Officer of the Year and Chris Bishop received the 2020 Rookie of the Year award.
Thomas Creek RFPD Chief Daniel Tague presented a trophy to Asst. Chief Mark Suba in recognition of his longtime service and commitment to Thomas Creek RFPD and the communities its serves.
Ben Spence and Joe Belshe were both promoted to engineer and were presented with their new badges.
Pardue Construction was honored with an award from the RFPD as well for their assistance on multiple fires in 2020. Kevin Pardue, Linda Pardue and Warren Sheer were present to accept the award.
Various prizes were raffled on during the evening, many of which were won by officers or their wives, a coincidence which prompted many jokes and laughs from the crowd.
A slideshow with photos of the RFPD’s calls was played after dinner. It included photos of trainings as well as catastrophic incidents like the New Pine Creek fire that destroyed a man’s home.
For more information about Thomas Creek Westside RFPD, visit the agency’s Facebook page.
Call 541-947-2446 for more information.