SUMTER COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE HOLDS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AND AWARDS EVENT
PRESS RELEASE - Sumter County Fire and Rescue held their annual Christmas & Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Fire Chief Jerry Harmon welcomed those in attendance. Special Guest recognition was given to the family of the late Sumter County Fire & Rescue firefighter Billy Cooper. Other guests included Sumter County Co-Administrators Janice Jarvis and Rayetta Volley.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal of smoked BBQ pork and chicken with all the trimmings prepared by Battalion Chief Clint Boley and volunteer Firefighter Branden Harmon.
The ceremony included the reading of a letter from Dr. Kenneth Wurtz, who was the victim of an accident involving a tractor earlier this year. Dr. Wurtz extended his appreciation to Sumter County Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and Air Evac for their response and life-saving measures that contributed to his survival and recovery.
Phil and Sandra Curtis were also in attendance. Earlier this year, Mr. Curtis suffered multiple injuries when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed. Mr. Curtis recounted his accident to those in attendance and described how Sumter County Fire & Rescue personnel extricated him from the plane’s wreckage, providing aid to both his physical and emotional needs. Mr. Curtis thanked all first responders for arriving on the scene within minutes and providing him with the necessary medical treatment and transport that ultimately contributed to his recovery.
All firefighters in attendance were recognized in order of number of calls responded to per month during the past year. Eight volunteer firefighters were recognized for participating in 40 or more calls for the past year.
The annual awards ceremony was held during the event. Award recipients’ accomplishments were recognized with a plaque and medal. Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Brennen Morris and Austin Fowler; Volunteer Firefighter with Highest total Call Response – Corey Harmon; Volunteer Firefighter with Most Training Hours – Jessie Russell; Career Firefighter with Most Training Hours – Sabrina Rueda; Career Firefighter of the Year – Charles Horne.
Door prizes were drawn and everyone went home with a gift, thanks to the many local supporters of the event. Sumter County Fire and Rescue extends their appreciation to the community and to local businesses for their support during the past year.