The Exeter Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Holiday Party Saturday, January 11th at the Legion in Exeter.
Following a catered dinner, the department awards were handed out. Those recognized for five years of service with the department were Dan Everhardt, Dan Votipka and Jacob Miller. Tammy Sladek and Hope Androyna were recognized for ten years of service. Shari Michl was the lone 20 year service recipient to the department this year and her husband, Alan Michl was recognized for 30 years of service.
This year the department voted at their November meeting for three new awards, EMT of the year, Fire Department Member of the year and Team Player of the year. Rescue Captain Hope Androyna introduced the awards to the department this year and had encouraged members to vote for the people who could be counted on to respond to calls and also those who performed well for the department.
Androyna was elected as the EMT of the year and Assistant Fire Chief Jacob Miller was elected as Fire Department Member of the year.
When it came time to present the Team Player of the year, Androyna noted that “this person can be counted on to serve on all calls. You know you can count on them no matter what. This is really an honor as it comes from our peers. He has served as a mentor for me as long as I have been involved with the department. This year’s team player of the year is Alan Michl.”
This year the department also recognized the impact that Junior Fire Patrol Chairman Ed Mark has made on the community. There are very few communities in the state who run a program like the one offered in Exeter. This past October the Department extended the program, inviting State Fire Deputy Marshall Ray Nance to bring his Fire Safety Trailer and work with all of the Exeter-Milligan elementary K-6 graders.
Mark was presented with a certificate and a jacket recognizing his efforts.
The department enjoyed a dance after all of the business was concluded.
(L-R)Tammy Sladek, Dan Everhardt , Hope Androyna, Dan Votipka, Alan Michl, Shari Michl and Jacob Miller were recognized for their years of service at the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Holiday Party.
below - (L-R) Jacob Miller, Hope Androyna, Alan Michl, and Ed Mark were honored with special awards from the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department at their Holiday Party.