Local emergency personnel were honored at a banquet on March 12. Members from each of the county’s fire and rescue departments, along with telecommunications staff members attended the event.
The banquet was the 21st annual celebration in recognition of members for the categories of Officer, Firefighter, Rescue member and Telecommunicator of the Year for the Yadkin County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association. This year’s banquet was hosted by the members of Fall Creek Fire Department and held at the Family Life Center at Forbush Friends Church with a meal catered by Regal Catering.
“We also recognized two great men that helped form the fire service to what it is today in Yadkin County,” said Dale Couch, president of the association. “Retired Fire Marshal Eddie Weatherman was recognized for his 29 years of dedicated service to the fire departments of Yadkin County, and retired Fire Chief Johnny Willard of Courtney Fire Department for his 50 years serving as fire chief and the assistance he provided to the fire service in the county for 50-plus years.”
The Officer of the Year award was presented to Chad Poindexter with the Fall Creek department. East Bend firefighter Auston Davis was honored as Firefighter of the Year. Rescue Member of the Year was Angela Brawley. Telecommuicator of the Year award was presented to Heather Branon.