The West Fargo Fire Department hosted an awards ceremony Friday, June 11, at the City of West Fargo’s Essentia Health Plaza.

Firefighters were presented with awards such as Distinguished Service, Years of Service, Lifesaving Award, Medal of Merit, Commendation Medal, Stork Award, Chief’s Medal and Employee of the Year.

“This ceremony is an opportunity to award and recognize firefighters who went above and beyond their normal duties to protect life and safeguard property in West Fargo,” said Chief Dan Fuller. “I am proud of these men and women for their continued hard work and dedication.”

Stork Awards: Chief Dan Fuller and Firefighter Kellen Jorgensen

Chief Daniel Fuller and Firefighter Kellen Jorgensen were on the scene of a pre-hospital birth on Nov. 11, 2020. Fuller and Jorgensen arrived on scene of the medical emergency and found a woman pregnant with twins, in active labor. The two delivered the first baby boy followed by the second baby. Both babies and mother survived the birth without major complications.

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Lifesaving Awards: Engineer Ken Miller and Firefighter David Babb

Miller and Babb were on the scene of a sudden cardiac arrest on Aug. 8th, 2020. Miller and Babb arrived on scene expertly began to treat the patient with lifesaving treatments. After arrival of paramedics, Miller and Babb integrated with the team and continued to provide high quality treatments for the patient on the way to the hospital.

Commendation Awards: Emergency Management Coordinator Pierre Freeman; Captain Brandon Gaugler; and Firefighter Mike Obach

Freeman, Gaugler and Obach has distinguished themselves in the performance of outstanding service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the public health emergency, Freeman and his team expeditiously established a drive through COVID-19 testing site which ran for 30 days and administered 1,450 individual tests to community members.

Captain Jason Carriveau and Firefighter Garret Rix

Carriveau and Rix arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle collision on Oct. 16, 2020 on Interstate-94. While en-route, they came across a different motor vehicle collision, this one involving an ambulance that had rolled over and was resting on its side. They quickly assessed the scene and began assisting the injured paramedics with maintaining life sustaining procedures for the patient that was being transported at the time of the collision. The thought of action and dedication to service resulted in a life saved.

Meritorious Service Awards: Battalion Chief Joey Porter and Firefighter Tucker Bucholz

Porter and Bucholz arrived on the scene of a structure fire on Dec. 22, 2020 when they arrived to find a duplex home on the West Fargo-Fargo border with one unit fully involved and flames quickly spreading to the adjacent unit. Bucholz was working his full-time job with the City of West Fargo Public Works nearby and responded to the scene. Porter Bucholz, with police officers entered the adjacent unit and rescued an elderly couple and their cognitively disabled adult daughter. After the arrival of fire companies from Fargo, Porter directed West Fargo fire companies to integrate with their counterparts and Bucholz assisted FM Ambulance in getting the fire victims to shelter.

Firefighter of the Year: Fire Captain Bryce Allickson

Allickson has distinguished himself as a Fire Captain for the West Fargo Fire Department by outstanding performance over the past year. He has provided company level leadership to every on-call group of the department during a critical period of transition, resulting in on-call firefighters responding to a record number of callbacks last year. Seeing the gap developing in company leadership from resignations in the captains ranks of the on-call groups of the fire department, Allickson volunteered to provide leadership for both paid on call groups assigned to the Southside Station. This also meant that he was on call for weeks at a time, in case of a major fire callback. He completed 513 additional hours of work, callback, and training at the fire department in 2020, in addition to working a full-time job and being a devoted husband and father. His dedication to the community he lives in is a great example of the commitment of the West Fargo Fire Department.

Promotions:

Kirsten Stanger and Cody Zavadil were promoted to captains.

Firefighters pinned:

Martin O’Bryant; Kaleb Tronnes; Susith Dunukara; David Nerud; Andi Wagemann; Dylan Dominguez; Chase Cvancara; Nick Withnell; Dan Lipson and Rib Dirk.

Years of service recognized:

Deputy Chief Kendel Frost, 25 Years; Captain Jason Carriveau, 10 Years; Captain Levi Nesvold, 5 Years; Captain Brandon Gaugler, 5 Years; Firefighter William Krumwiede, 5 Years; Fire Inspector Travis Olson, 5 Years.