Chad Eagan (left) accepts the firefighters of the year award from his father and chief Ken Eagan (center). Chad also was named by his peers on the department as EMT of the Year. Assistant Chief Nick Hays (right) holds another one of Eagan's awards.
Photo by Bruce Kropp
The Iuka Fire Department remembered one of their long time members who passed away last year during its annual dinner Tuesday night. A plaque featuring a photo and honoring Junior Schirr's 65 years of service as a firefighter and trustee was presented to his son Ron and his wife Mary. The plaque will be hung at the fire station. Fire Chief Kenny Eagan called the 65 years Schirr dedicated to the fire department as a volunteer as unheard of.
Chad Eagan was named both the firefighter and EMT of the Year.
"Quite an honor. I'm happy I can be a part of the Fire Department and give back to the community. I'm proud of all the guys I work with."
And becoming a member of the department was somewhat a natural.
"My dad's the Chief and I grew up around the Fire Station so its just kind of natural for me that once I moved back here from the military I signed up for the Fire Department and have been on ever since."
The two awards were voted upon by fellow firefighters and first responders.
Josh Albert was honored as top responder, making 94 of the department's 142 calls. Eagan and Lieutenant Steve Thompson tied for second with 76 runs apiece.
Of the 142 calls, 97 were for emergency medical service, 10 for motor vehicle accidents, nine for field and brush fires and eight structure fires.
The department also completed 852 hours of training and 120 hours of public service work. Kevin Braddy had the most training hours at 210.5 hours.