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Salem Fire Holds Annual Ball, Awards Firefighters

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem Fireman of the Year is Benjamin Trinkle.  The award was one of a number announced at Saturday night's annual Salem Firemen's Ball.  Trinkle was selected by his fellow firemen for the award.  "I'm just completely surprised.  I had no idea it was coming," Trinkle said.

Trinkle has been on the Salem Fire Protection District for about five years and served on the Energy Fire Department for four years before that.  "There's great people.  It's a great place to be.  I really enjoy it.  Since I've been here, I've made lots of friends.  We have about 40 firefighters in the department.  I consider all of them my family.  They're all brothers and sisters," Trinkle said.

Trinkle also remembers some of the big fires during the past few years.

Salem Fire Chief Roger Mann gave the Pace Setter of the Year Award to Gloyd Shipley.  It is the second year in a row Shipley has won the honor that recognizes the firemen making the combination of the most fire calls and training sessions.

Shipley was also honored as the firefighter making the most calls.  Richard Follett received the award among the Lieutenants, Jim Bryant among the engineers and Jim Cerny among the Command Officers.

Shipley, Bryce Jenkins, and Alan Chitwood were presented their three year service pins.  Richard Follett, Patrick Hawkins and Greg Miller were honored for five years of service.

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