Assaker, McQuinn tops for 2013
Sgt. Adam Assaker was named officer-of-theyear for the third consecutive year.
James McQuinn, joined his father Elvis—a three-time winner—as firefighter-of-the-year for the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.
For the first time the awards banquet for the two organizations was combined.
“This is the largest one ever,” Police Lt. J. D. Newlin told the crowd. “We sold 450 tickets and I think most of those people are here tonight.”
THREEPEAT—Assaker, who also won officer of-the-year the past two years, compiled 2,203 points during 2013 toward the police department’s top award.
Runner-up Sterling Shepperd was presented his award by Sgt. Stephen Goodrich.
Assaker became the award’s first three-time winner. Goodrich had won officer-of-the-year honors in 2007 and 2010 and was runner-up in 2008 and 2009.
“We had lot of turnover during the last year and a lot of new guys came to work,” Police Chief Thomas Harris said. “Our goal remains the same. We want to do (our job) better tomorrow then we did today.
TRADITION— McQuinn, picked up his firefighter of the year plaque from Fire Chief Ward Roddam.
The honoree is the son of former long-time Fire Chief Elvis McQuinn, who won the award three times, in 1985 (tie), 1995 and 2002.
The award is voted on by members of the RVFD.
Roddam said volunteers answered about 300 calls in 2013 with more than a third of them calling the RVFD to motor vehicle accidents.
“Ten times we used our jaws of life for extrications,” he said.
Roddam said there are 41 current members of the department. “We’ve recently added some new, young members and we’re very excited about that.”
AWARDS—Roddam presented Mike Korenek with a plaque for 35 years of service (see page 1A) and awarded Brady Nelson Jr. his five-year service pin.
Korenek praised the cooperation between police and the RVFD as exemplified by the banquet.
“It wasn’t always like that,” he said.
Police Chief Harris, in turn, praised the RVFD for their cooperation with the police at sites of emergencies.
Roddam presented Veolia Industrial Services with the Chief’s Choice Award for 2013. See page 5C.
Newlin expressed appreciation to the community for its support of the banquet.
“We have fund raisers and tonight we have a silent auction, with proceeds going toward the banquet,” he said.