Fire Department honors service, bravery

At its annual awards ceremony as part of National Fire Prevention Week, the Fire Department honored these City employees with major awards for their service and bravery.

Unit Commendation Award – Engine 19

Capt. Timothy Amelse
Fire Motor Operator Robben Todd
Firefighter Daniel Olson

On Oct. 15, 2015, Engine 19’s crew of Capt. Amelse, Fire Motor Operator Todd and Firefighter Olson noticed a woman whose purse was being stolen while they were returning to the station from the course of their regular duties. Capt. Amelse radioed the incident in to dispatch and got off of the rig with Olson to help the victim. Todd followed the perpetrator with the rig and reported his description and location through dispatch resulting in a successful arrest by the University of Minnesota Police Department.

Community Service Award

Asst. Chief Bryan Tyner
Deputy Chief Melanie Rucker
Capt. Michael Terry
Capt. Jerrold Williams
Fire Motor Operator Charles Rucker
Firefighter Michael Brown
Firefighter Metric Giles
Firefighter Vincent Jackson
Firefighter Prentice Moore

In September of 2015, the Fire Department partnered with Hennepin County EMS Education and Minneapolis North High School to create an academy for training emergency medical personnel. Through the program, high school students get the opportunity for training and certification as emergency medical responders and emergency medical technicians. The goal of the new career pathway program is to provide a hiring pipeline of diverse candidates for the Minneapolis Fire Department and emergency medical services in our community. 

These members of the Fire Department showed dedication and compassion as voluntary instructors for the program, and they directly contributed to the program’s resounding success. Their conspicuous acts of selflessness reflect highly on them, the Minneapolis Fire Department and the fire service.

Letter of Commendation

Staff Capt. Dominic Rigert

Rigert received a Letter of Commendation in recognition of his professionalism and service as a member of the honor guard Aug. 30 during the transport and return home of two Michigan firefighters who died in the line of duty on a Minnesota highway. Rigert’s professionalism brings credit not only upon himself but also upon the entire department.

Letter of Commendation

Deputy Chief Ray Cruz

Cruz received a Letter of Commendation in recognition of his professionalism and service as a member of the honor guard Aug. 30 during the transport and return home of two Michigan firefighters who died in the line of duty on a Minnesota highway. Cruz’s professionalism brings credit not only upon himself but also upon the entire department.

Educational Achievement Award

Battalion Chief Timothy Baynard

The Educational Award Tim Baynard received is for completing the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.  The title of Executive Fire Officer is conferred to graduates of the program by Congress.  It is the highest certification one can achieve in the Fire Service. Battalion Chief Baynard completed and graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program in Emmitsburg, Md. The title of executive fire officer is conferred to graduates of the program by Congress. It is the highest certification one can achieve in the fire service.

Published Oct 18, 2016

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