Rust earns Firefighter of the Year

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Taking Home Honors

TAKING HOME HONORS – Decatur honored several firefighters during its annual banquet Saturday. The honorees included, left to right, Eli Nobles, Dennis Bailey, Chris Mercer, Levi Rust, Deroy Bennett and Brad Largent. Submitted photo

Decatur honored its top firefighters Saturday at an annual awards banquet at the Decatur Conference Center.

“The Decatur Fire Department is an exemplary group of public servants,” said Sheriff Lane Akin, keynote speaker for the event attended by more than 100 persons. Akin compared the work of public servants and first responders in his speech.

Levi Rust was named Firefighter of the Year. Rust began his career as a volunteer and became a career firefighter in October.

Rust is a Decatur High School graduate.

Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Deroy Bennett, a 15-year veteran with the department, was named the Fire Officer of the Year.

Three firefighters were honored with community service awards. Levi Rust, Evan Davis and Garrett Bennett received awards for more than 900 community service hours in 2017.

Volunteer firefighter Evan Davis received EMS First Responder of the Year. Davis, a career firefighter in Bedford, received the “rookie of the year” award in Bedford the same night as the Decatur banquet.

Decatur’s Rookie of the Year award was presented to Brad Largent.

Chris Mercer was named instructor of the year. Eric Kurfehs and Aaron Mann garnered the lifesaving award. Eli Nobles earned Excellence in Leadership.

Dean Tennyson was honored with the Fire Chief’s Award.

Dennis Bailey received the PhD award, and Captain Nate Mara received the National Fire Academy Managing Officer Program award.

Four firefighters were honored by the state for their work in the Hurricane Harvey Recovery program – Chief Mike Richardson, Captain Cliff Oates and firefighters Levi Rust and Todd Nelson.

Richardson also received the TEEX Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program award.

The Decatur department has 12 career firefighters and 31 volunteers. In 2017, firefighters earned 8,193 training hours in 85 separate classes taught by 22 instructors. The average training hours per member totaled 248.

Boyd firefighters covered the Decatur fire district during the Saturday banquet.

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