Last month, the Town of Addison Fire Department hosted its first-ever Addison Fire Awards Banquet at Venue 4050. During this event on Feb. 7, several officers received awards.
Josh Bethel, Fire Equipment Operator (FEO)/paramedic, won the Firefighter of the Year award. Chris Maxwell, firefighter/paramedic, won Paramedic of the Year. Rod Williams, battalion chief, won Officer of the Year. Finally, Chad Gruver, FEO/paramedic, won Fire Chief’s Steve Webb Award.
The Steve Webb Award is a new award created by Addison Fire Chief David Jones. The award is given to a recipient to recognize their considerable contribution to community fire safety, firefighter safety, community welfare or by performing normal assigned responsibilities at an outstanding level. This may be a special program or a combination of several activities throughout the year.
This award is named after Steve Webb, who was a 23-year-old Addison firefighter that was fatally electrocuted by a fallen power line while fighting a grass fire in 1975. The Steve Webb Award was created to honor his memory and the sacrifice he made to the fire service.
The mission of the Addison Fire Department is “to protect the persons and property in Addison by providing quality and innovative emergency services – simply stated: ‘help those in need.’” The fire department is committed to guarding and preserving the lives and property of those who call Addison home. Their 57 members strive to earn the respect of the community through critical operations based on concern, compassion and professionalism in all endeavors. The team is certified in emergency medicine and all of their vehicles are staffed with highly trained paramedics who can provide advanced life support within minutes.
Congratulations to all the great men who won awards at this ceremony, and thank you, Addison Fire Department, for all the work you do everyday to keep our community safe.