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Chattanooga Firefighters honored at awards ceremony Monday

(left to right) City of Chattanooga COO Maura Sullivan, Fire Chief Phil Hyman and Firefighter of the Year FFS Jack Thompson. Photo: Chattanooga Fire Dept.

Chattanooga firefighters and their families gathered at The Westin hotel Chattanooga Monday night to honor their own.

With Chief Operating Officer Maura Sullivan and Fire Chief Phil Hyman presiding, more than 100 firefighters were recognized for outstanding efforts at emergencies throughout the year in 2017.

Among the top awards, Senior Firefighter Jack Thompson was honored as the department's Firefighter of the Year.

Lt. Scott Sheets received a Medal of Valor award, and Captain Steve Everett received a Medal of Heroism.

Dozens of firefighters were also recognized with unit citations and commendation ribbons for their outstanding efforts in 2017. Here is a complete list of the awards handed out tonight:

Lifesaving Medals

CPR Save - Jan. 22, 2017

  • Lt. Robert Roark
  • FFS Tim Freire
  • FFE Thomas Smith

Extrication - Vehicle in Pond - Feb. 7, 2017

  • Capt. Kevin Carpenter
  • FF Cullom Boyd
  • FF Travis Burns
  • Lt. Scott Sparks
  • FFE Charles Bailey
  • FF Michael Gray

Fire Rescue - Feb. 16, 2017

  • Lt. Tyler Swindell
  • FFE Preston Binegar
  • Lt. Shaun Hinojosa
  • FF Julio Vargas

Fire Rescue with CPR - Feb. 18, 2017

  • Capt. Robert Thompson
  • Lt. Tyler Swindell
  • FFE Joey Thomas
  • FFE Preston Binegar

CPR Save - Feb. 27, 2017

  • Capt. Tim Zink
  • Lt. Michael Rush
  • FFS Tony Ott
  • FFE Jeremy Williams

CPR Save

  • Lt. Mark Brown

EMS Treatment - April 4, 2017

  • FF Charles Zinzer
  • FFE Brandon Fryar
  • FF Carl Ellis
  • FFE Kenneth Martin

CPR Save - April 22, 2017

  • FFS Cory Owens
  • FFE Britt Bradshaw
  • FF Ryan Roark

CPR Save - July 27, 2017

  • FFS Joshua Burchard
  • FF Anjail Berniger

Fire Rescue with CPR - Sept. 20, 2017

  • FFS Joel Nix
  • FFE Matt Rorex
  • FF Ryan Swisher

Fire Rescue with CPR - Nov. 9, 2017

  • Capt. Terrence Andrews
  • Capt. Keith Liles
  • Lt. Chad Nichols
  • FF Jake Case

Meritorious Unit Citations

  • Squad 1(Red)
  • Quint 14 (Blue)
  • Quint 8 (Green)
  • Quint 19 (Green)
  • Squad 11 (Green)
  • Squad 1 (Green)
  • Squad 7 (Green)
  • Squad 13 (Blue)
  • Engine 15 ( Blue)
  • Engine 5 (Blue)
  • Quint 13 (Blue)
  • Squad 7 (Blue)
  • Squad 7 (Green)
  • Squad 13 (Green)
  • Quint 7 (Green)
  • Quint 4 (Blue)

Commendation Ribbons

  • Capt. John Taylor
  • FFS Terrence Watkins
  • FF Ryan Swafford
  • FFS Fredrick Brunker
  • FFE Patrick O'Brien
  • Capt. Darryl Manis
  • Capt. Adam Couch
  • Capt. Chris O'Kelly
  • Capt. Brian Pemberton
  • FF Jordan Carroll
  • Lt. Joseph Ervin
  • Lt. Bradley Freeman
  • FFS Kevin Thomas
  • FF Zachary Eldrod
  • FFE Daniel Bryan
  • FF Clint Montgomery
  • FF Jessie Lively
  • FF Magdalena Novak
  • FF Charles Ellis
  • FF Seth Hutcheson
  • FF Ben Wright
  • FF Tiffany Bird
  • Capt. Kevin Carpenter
  • Lt. Scott Sparks
  • Lt. Jack Babb
  • FFS David Linam
  • FF Cullom Boyd
  • FFE Charles Bailey
  • FF Travis Burns
  • FF Michael Gray
  • AMET Maurice Beamon
  • EMT-P Dominick Alvarado
  • Telecommunicator Ruth Tudos

Letters of Commendation

  • Telecommunicator Ruth Tudos
  • Telecommunicator Stephanie McCarter
  • Paramedic Dominick Alvarado
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Maurice Beamon

Special Award - (For tireless support of the Forgotten Child Fund.)

  • FFS Joshua Burchard

Firefighter of the Year - (For making the most significant contributions to the department during the course of the year.)

  • FFS Jack Thompson

Medal of Valor - (For rescuing a citizen from a fire on Dec. 29, 2017.)

  • Lt. Scott Sheets

Citizen Achievement Award - (For assisting with woman's rescue from house fire on Sept. 17, 2017.)

  • Robert Gifford
  • Tim Jones
  • Lamar Skinner
  • Cecil Skyles
  • Stephen Skyles

Medal of Heroism - (For rescue of woman in house fire on Sept. 17, 2017.)

  • Captain Steve Everett

NewsChannel 9 congratulates all of the award winners, and joins the community in thanking them for their tireless service.

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