Vaughan, Brady’s Pest Control win VFD honors
Longtime volunteer firefighter, and former fire chief, Herbie Vaughan, become the first-ever four-time Firefighter-of-the-Year winner Saturday as the Rockdale VFD held its annual banquet in the VFW Hall.
Vaughan received a standing ovation after his name was announced by Fire Chief Ward Roddam.
The former chief had previously won the award in 1990, 1998 and 2006.
Prior to Saturday, Vaughan and Elvis McQuinn, another former chief, had been the only RVFD members to win the award three times.
The honor is voted on by members of the RVFD. Finalists this year were Vaughan, Brady Nelson Jr. and James McQuinn.
Brady’s Pest Control, represented by Nelson, picked up the Chief ’s Choice Award, which Roddam said is bestowed each year on an individual, business or organization.
PINS—Roddam passed out RVFD service pins as follows:
20 years—Elbert Page. “It’s actually for 22 years,” Roddam said. “This pin should have been awarded a couple of years ago.”
15 years—Dwayne David.
10 years—Eric Towns, Preston Muston.
5 years—Mike Richardson, Mark Skrhak, David Booker.
Roddam praised the department for its dedication and hard work in protecting Rockdale.
“Seventy-six percent of the United States is protected by volunteer fire departments,” he said.
Entertainment was by magician Jesse Smith, who is also chief of the Black Jack VFD (see page 3A).
CALLS— Roddam said through November, calls were down in 2012 for the RVFD, with 175, compared to 215 one year ago. Largest number of calls has been to motor vehicle accidents with 59 (33 percent) so far in 2012, he said.
That’s followed by 27 structure fires (15 percent) and 22 wildland fires (12 percent) he said.
RVFD members have answered calls in 30 different categories this year, ranging from high water rescues and storm spotting to a building collapse, he said.