Porter Fire Chief
Jay Craig recognized his firefighters who earned awards at the PFD’s recent
awards dinner and gave a new award at the Porter Town Council’s meeting
Craig said the
firefighter with the most calls in 2018 was Ryan Borne and the officer with
the most calls in 2018 was Lieutenant Evan Jamrock. Firefighter of the Year,
which is awarded based on a vote within the PFD, was awarded to Lieutenant
Brian Mullholland. Mark Piazza was voted Officer of the Year.
Craig also noted
that the PFD created the Lewis T. Craig Sr. award for dedication last year.
It was first awarded posthumously to former Chief Lewis T. Craig Sr. for
2017. In 2018, the award went to Mullholland. Mullholland was also awarded
the chief’s cross. Ron Augustyn was awarded the medal of valor for his
actions last summer when the PFD responded to two drownings in one day.
Craig also gave an
award he wasn’t able to present at the dinner. He honored Town Council
President Greg Stinson with the PFD’s Phoenix Award, an award they created
for a civilian who makes outstanding, selfless contributions--named after
“Mr. Stinson has
gone above and beyond in his support to our Department. In our darkest
hours, he has always been there,” Craig said. Craig noted Stinson also
manages the Town of Porter St. Baldrick’s team Porter4Phoenix, which raises
money for childhood cancer research in honor of Bridegroom, who is fighting
leukemia, each year.
presented Stinson’s medal.
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier reminded folks planning to see the fireworks at Porter Beach to stop
by the Police Station or the Town Hall ahead of time to pick up a flyer. The
flyer shows that visitors have read and understand the rules for the event,
and having them ready helps speed up the line, Spanier said.
Spanier noted that
getting people out of both Porter Beach and the State Park last year was
difficult due to people parking along Waverly and the bike path and walking
in, slowing down vehicle traffic. There will be no parking allowed on the
street this year, as usual, but Porter Police will be patrolling and using
extra signage and barricades to enforce it this time.
business, Stinson reminded residents to be considerate of their neighbors
when using fireworks at their homes. He urged residents to communicate with
their neighbors about when they plan to set off fireworks.
“You’ve got young
children, the elderly, animals, individuals suffering from PTSD, and others
who can be seriously impacted by those sounds,” Stinson said. “One of the
things that research shows is that if they are notified and can prepare
themselves, it goes a long way to minimize those damages.”
important we look out for each other,” Stinson added.