Fire department hands out honors

A local fire department honored its best first responders, officers and employees at its annual banquet.

The White River Township Fire Department recently honored several of its officers and crew members for their outstanding service to the community and the department.

Award winners were nominated and voted on by their peers.

Winners are:

  • Officer of the Year: Lt. Greg Hurrle
  • Firefighter of the Year: Shawn Harvey
  • Paramedic of the Year: Nathan Poff
  • EMT of the Year: Ray Denson
  • Employee of the Year: Travis Sichting

Three senior staff members also were promoted at the ceremony. Support services chief Kevin Skipper was promoted to deputy chief of operations. Fire marshal Michael Arany was promoted to deputy chief of administration and deputy fire marshal Braden Prochnow was promoted to fire marshal.

Deputy chief Jeff Wilson also was honored for 38 years of service to the department.