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Reeves named top firefighter

By Roy J. Eaton | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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Honoring Heroes

HONORING HEROES – The Decatur Fire Department handed out honors to its members during its annual banquet Saturday. The honorees included, (front row) Scott Gregory-Tims, Chris Mercer, (back row) Chance Nabors, Brandon Peyton, Shannon Spann, Tanner Reeves, Brad Largent, Nate Mara and Dennis Bailey. Submitted photo

Tanner Reeves was named Firefighter of the Year at the Decatur Fire Department’s banquet Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center.

Shannon Spann was named the department’s Rookie of the Year.

Deputy Chief Nate Mara said firefighters spent 7,925 hours in training exercises during the year. Decatur has a combination career and volunteer fire department.

Fire Chief Mike Richardson presented his “doctor of Decatur Fire Department philosophy” award to Scott Gregory Tims and announced that Tims would soon join the department as a career firefighter.

“It’s mostly about how we treat people and how we treat each other,” Richardson said. “This is an award for excellence in customer service.”

Other firefighters honored included: Brandon Peyton, excellence in leadership; Brad Largent, instructor of the year; Chris Mercer, EMS responder of the year; Dennis Bailey, special chiefs recognition award; and Mara, officer of the year.

Community service awards were presented to four volunteer firefighters, including Brad Largent who worked 1,416 hours in 2018. Reeves gave 1,200 hours. Scott Gregory Tims and Garrett Bennett worked 648 hours each.

Richardson and Parker County Emergency Services District Chief Stephen Watson presented a special award to Chance Nabors, a volunteer in the Decatur department and part-time employee in Parker County.

Nabors was honored for his work at a structure fire where eight persons had been trapped. He was credited with pulling two small children from the fire.

“They are alive today thanks to his work,” Watson said.

The late City Manager Sam W. Renshaw, Jr. received special recognition at the banquet as did former volunteer fire chiefs of the department.

Boyd firefighters were in Decatur to answer calls during the banquet.

Earlier in January, the City of Decatur honored its long-time employees at a banquet at the Conference Center.

Main Street Director Frieda Lasater and Public Works employee Larry Brown were honored for 20 years of service to the city. Catherine Griffeth was presented a 15-year award.

Jaime Aguilar, Calvin Beaty, Royce Gastenau, Brian Nodine, Weldon Taylor and Edgar Trejo received honors for 10 years of service. Librarian Patricia Peters and Jose’ Ramos received five-year awards.

City Manager Brett Shannon, who presented the awards along with Mayor Martin Woodruff, said the city has 118 full-time employees.

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