Congressman Buchanan presents Fire Rescue and EMS Awards

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 7:58 am | Updated: 8:01 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

SARASOTA, FL-U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (FL-16) will announce the winners of the 2013 Congressional Fire and Rescue & EMS Awards (CFREA) on Tuesday.  Buchanan established the awards in 2012 to give special recognition to fire fighters, fire departments and units for exceptional achievement. 

“To be a first responder is a demanding profession that requires sacrifice, courage and a dedication to serve others,” said Buchanan.  “Every day these individuals are summoned on short notice to serve their respective communities.  Oftentimes, they arrive at scenes of great adversity and trauma, to which they reliably bring strength and composure.  These brave men and women spend hundreds of hours in training so that they are prepared when they get `the call.’  I believe these awards are a fitting tribute to our first responders and a reminder of the important role they play in our communities.” 

CFREA winners were chosen by an independent panel comprised of current and retired fire, rescue and EMS personnel representing a cross-section of the district’s first responder community.

The following awards will be presented during a ceremony in Sarasota:

  • Battalion Chief Stacey S. Bailey, East Manatee Fire Rescue, Career Service Award
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Kolesa, Longboat Key Fire Rescue, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
  • Battalion Chief Russell McCord, Englewood Area Fire Control, Career Service Award
  • Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue, Associate Service Award

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1 comment:

  • Duane overholt posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Nov 5, 2013.

    Duane overholt Posts: 15

    Vern: make sure you have the local firehouse on speed dial. No one wants you to get away with trying to burn up and destroy the key documents that the IRS want, your former partner wants or anyone else that may decide to sue you on another consumer or employee class action.

    One last thing: why is it that you always play nice for a while and then go back to your true self, once you feel you have fooled the public into believing you are a good guy.

    You will never fool those whom really know you. You might just get hit with another lawsuit/investigation right before the election.


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