Awards & Achievements
2012 Awards Ceremony
An awards ceremony in March 2012 recognized the Fire Department's best efforts from 2011.
Fire Officer of the Year
Captain Steve Stinnett is one of the most respected Captains on our Department. His leadership style is such that you now he’s in charge but you also know he’s got your back. He has the gift of maintaining his composure and sense of calm, even at the most chaotic of events. He is keen on safety and is exemplary is setting a positive, professional example. He always has a kind word and a smile to offer.
Steve has assisted with training new recruits in both academia and physical fitness. He has been instrumental in setting up the physical fitness training for the recruit classes and he himself is committed to personal fitness, as you may have seen him on the inBalance posters posted in city buildings. This past year, he went out to California and became certified as a PEER fitness trainer in order to provide a higher level of information and training for our members. It only took us 3 weeks to get him to stop saying, “Dude” after every sentence.
Besides being an excellent trainer and educator of new recruits, as well as his fellow crew members, he personally logged more than 500 hours of training as a student in 2012 and instructed nearly 300 hours. These are just a few of the many reasons that Captain Steve Stinnett is worthy of this award.
Firefighter of the Year
Lee Venning has done much to show he is truly deserving of this year’s Firefighter of the Year Award. For over 6 months he was the Station’s acting captain and was praised for running the station as well as any promoted captain could.
Not only did he fill in for Station Captain duties, he also filled the role of running the hazardous materials team, which consisted of coordinating training and even acting as Operations Officer at a lengthy, multi-agency hazmat incident.
Lee is a consummate professional who continually seeks out ways to improve his knowledge and skills. As his former captain pointed out, “Lee managed to operate Station 12 and the Hazmat team in ways that always promoted a strong image of our department.”
Uli Gulje & Travis Morrissey
Uli has been recognized during the previous two years awards ceremonies for his commitment to organizing the Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness campaign for the fire department. As if a pair – of awards wasn’t enough, he teamed up with Firefighter Travis Morrissey to pull off a trifecta by being recognized this year for their commitment to community service and the Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Between Uli’s organizational skills and Travis’s bookkeeping, along with many hours spent on their days off, they were able to raise over $2,700 this year. Let’s give it up for Community Service Award recipients, Uli Gulje and Travis Morrissey.
Meritorious Service Award:
Training Captains Brian Athen and Olan Morelan
These two gentlemen form the backbone of the Springfield Fire Department Training Division. Their drive, commitment, dedication, pride of service, and work ethic have left their marks upon our new recruits, the department as a whole, our fire service peers, and the community.
Captain Athen, with his 20 plus years as a paramedic, has become the steward of the Automatic External Defibrillator program for the city. Because of his efforts, new AEDs have been strategically placed throughout city buildings for greater access and last year he helped ensure 50% of city employees were trained in CPR.
Captain Morelan, a fellow Air Force Airman, has distinguished himself as the proverbial drill instructor for the Springfield Fire Department firefighter recruit academy. It takes 14 weeks to mold and train firefighters and Captain Morelan will put in 14 hour days, each and every day, during those long weeks. The pride and professionalism that Captain Morelan exudes is absorbed and assimilated within each and every recruit who completes the academy.
Both of these fine gentlemen continue to leave their marks upon the city and our department.
Medical Life Save Award
- Rescue 1 A: Rescue 1 C Shift: Captain John “Rosie” Grier, Rescue Specialist Zach Schmidt, Rescue Specialist Chris Mann, and Rescue Specialist Lonnie Stockdale
- Engine 2 B: Equipment Operator Chad Davis, Firefighter Curtis Cantrell, and Firefighter Alex Hodge
- Engine 2 C: Captain David Davis, Firefighter Jamie Frieze, and Firefighter Greg Rhodes
- Truck 2 C: Equipment Operator Cale Murphy, Equipment Operator Brandon Snider, and Firefighter Joe Myers
- Quint 4 A: Captain Craig Schmucker, Firefighter Keith Kenyeri, and Firefighter Jeff Butler
- Truck 6 A: Captain Mike Wade, Firefighter Geoffrey Hammer, and Firefighter Sean Jackson
- Truck 6 A: Captain Mike Wade, Equipment Operator Brandon Snider, and Firefighter Michael Cook
- Truck 6 B: Captain Chris Ackley, Firefighter John Van Gorkom, and Firefighter Marcy Robinson-O’Connor
- Truck 6 C: Captain Joe Jones, Firefighter Kip McCubbin, and Firefighter David Mills
- Engine 7 A: Captain Dean Curtis, Firefighter Brian Davis, and Firefighter Nathan Waltz
- Engine 7 C: Equipment Operator Doug Chadwell, Firefighter Brad Jones, and Firefighter Hank Owen – Police Officer Anthony Gomez
- Quint 8 C:Captain Ron Powell, Firefighter Ryan Davis, and Firefighter Matt Cobban
- Rescue 8 B: Rescue Specialist Andrew Rues and Firefighter JD Schiman. Police Officer Daniel Conklin
- Rescue 8 C: Rescue Specialist Robert Davidson and Rescue Specialist Scott Lambeth
- Engine 10 B: Equipment Operator Jim Anderson, Equipment Operator Brad Dutoit, and Firefighter Mark Delozier.
- Engine 10 C: Captain David Carter, Equipment Operator Jason McCormick, and Firefighter Josh Chambers, and Firefighter Kody Rein
Fire Life Save Award
- Equipment Operator Jubal Hicks and Firefighter Nick Hartman
Distinguished Unit Award
- Truck Captain Chris Koester, Equipment Operator Jubal Hicks, and Equipment Operator Jason Williams
Fire Life Save Award
- Equipment Operator Jim Anderson and Firefighter Brandon Graff
Distinguished Unit Award
- Equipment Operator Jim Anderson, Firefighter Brandon Graff, and Firefighter Mark Delozier
Shaun Sigrest Award
Shaun Sigrest was chosen by FIRE CHIEF as one of five finalists for the 2012 EVT of the Year Award, sponsored by C.E. Niehoff & Co. The award was at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association's 25th annual Apparatus Specification and Vehicle Maintenance Symposium, in January, 2013. His nomination reads:
Shaun Sigrest, Springfield, Mo. Sigrest oversees the safe operation of 20 front line apparatus and three reserve companies as the only employee in a three-bay fire shop.He is certified and trained at an ASE Master Truck and Master EVT level. He also is a member of the IAFC's Emergency Vehicle Management Section and Heartland Emergency Apparatus Technicians Association. Sigrest "continues to seek ways to build on his 20 years of experience and to improve his knowledge, skills and abilities by attending training annually to support his EVT and ASE certifications to ensure that he operates within the scope of his training and within the safety guidelines and best practices for his profession.
Commissioned Federal Marshals
Pictured from left to right:
Kevin Binam, Ben Basham, Mark Epps, Bill Spence, and Phil Noah.
All five Springfield Fire Department Fire Marshals received limited commissions through the U.S.Marshal’s Office on June 9, 2011, as part of a nationwide strategy giving them the ability to assist in investigations across jurisdictional boundaries. For example, if an explosion occurs in northern Arkansas, they can go to and assist in the investigation as needed.