Sandoval Firemen Honored at Awards BanquetSandoval Firemen have honored several of their members for work in 2013 at their annual Awards Banquet. Jordan Parson was named Firefighter of the Year, Trey Gambill was honored as EMT of the Year, and Gary Speagle received the R.C. Driving Award. Two members were honored for years of service. Mike Wooden received a 30 year service pin and Scott Towler a ten year service pin.
Gambill was also recognized as the top responder of the year, answering 179 of the department's 538 total calls.
Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson reported the number of calls were down this year, especially in number of grass fires due to the much milder summer. The breakdown of calls includes 291 emergency ambulance, 95 non-emergency ambulance, 59 mutual aid ambulance, 23 motor vehicle accidents, 13 structure fires, eight trash fires, seven grass and brush fires, and five vehicle fires.
Parson lists the accomplishments of the year as getting a new roof on the Fire Department Annex and the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle that will be converted into a truck to fight grass fires.
In addition to the responses, the department also provide assistance to local fund raisers, charities and organizations while sponsoring the Sandoval Easter Egg Hunt, hosting the Senior Thanksgiving Dinner and organizing the Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive.
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