Before the monthly meeting of the Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue began on July 29, Fire Chief John Wayne, said he on behalf of the fire district wanted to honor several members who have attained long-time service years at the department.
Cake and punch were set up on a long table in the meeting room where the board comes together once each month to conduct business of the fire district.
Wayne spent considerable time honoring each recipient individually as flash cameras snapped away at the presentations by family members and friends.
A Top Service Plaque award is given to Donald Murray, left, for 30 years of service to the Lehigh Acres Fire Department. Presenting him with the plaque is Fire Chief John Wayne.
The room was filled with family members of those being honored. Not all honored were present.
The top award was for Firefighter of the Year 2013 and it went to Lt. Brooke Ricciardi, who was absent. She has received other awards - one main award from the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce.
Employee performance awards through June of 2014 went to:
- Administrative Assistant Susan Platas, who received praise from Chief Wayne as he read a long list of accomplishments by Platas.
- Donald Murray won the 30-year Service Plaque and pin. The chief while presenting the individual large plaque said he was retiring at midnight, which brought laughter from the group.
Others who received 25-year Service Plaques and pins included:
- Michael Callahan
- Kent P. Cary
- Kenneth Croy
- Ronald R. Overbee Jr.
- Susan Platas
- Lawrence Ronco
- Edwin Schreier
- Mark Spears
Those who received 10-year pins included Lance Deigado, Chad Ketron, Victor Langarica, and Michael Pernal.
Chief Wayne said the department would hold future presentations honoring the men and women who work for the fire district. He said he was proud of each and every one of them.