YFD event marks Fire Pro­tec­tion Week

Fire­fighter of the Year, other award win­ners also named

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

The Yuma Fire Depart­ment held an evening cer­e­mony on Tues­day to mark the be­gin­ning of Fire Preven­tion Week, dur­ing which the ex­em­plary per­for­mance, ser­vice and achieve­ments of sev­eral firefighters and other emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel were also rec­og­nized.

Held at Fire Sta­tion No. 1, the com­mem­o­ra­tion be­gan with the read­ing of a procla­ma­tion by Deputy Mayor Gary Knight, which des­ig­nated the week of Oct. 8th through the 14th as Fire Preven­tion Week in Yuma. That was fol­lowed by a pro­mo­tion cer­e­mony con­ducted by Fire Mar­shall Kayla Holi­man.

This year’s Sup­port Per­son of the Year for the Yuma Fire Depart­ment is Stephanie Car­away, who was rec­og­nized for tak­ing on an ad­di­tional work­load when one of the ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions was va­cated for a few months.

“Stephanie does many other things, and her ef­forts are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” her nom­i­na­tion form read. “Stephanie is al­ways help­ful and knows how to get things done.”

This year’s Fire­fighter of the Year for the Yuma Fire Depart­ment is Aaron Won­ders, whose “happy to be here” work ethic, so­cial skills and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice has not fal­tered dur­ing the five years he has served the res­i­dents of Yuma.

Ac­cord­ing to his nom­i­na­tion form, Won­ders’ hard work and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude are con­ta­gious, mo­ti­vat­ing those around him to smile and be more pro­duc­tive. “On scene Aaron eas­ily builds rap­port with pa­tients and treats each and ev­ery cit­i­zen with kind­ness and re­spect, as if they were his own fam­ily.”

Won­ders, who has also com­pleted re­quire­ments to be on the en­gi­neer pro­mo­tion list, was praised for be­ing able to man­age tak­ing the lead on var­i­ous projects with grace and skill, while still meet­ing his day-to-day sta­tion re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice when duty calls.

Fire En­gi­neer of the Year went to David Zanovitch, who was said to con­stantly lead by ex­am­ple.

“David is an ex­tra­or­di­nary em­ployee who works dili­gently to re­fine his trades as both an En­gi­neer and Paramedic,” his nom­i­na­tion form read. “He pays care­ful at­ten­tion to de­tail and al­ways knows the nu­ances of his En­gine.”

A skilled mu­si­cian, Zanovitch is also a mem­ber of the United Yuma Firefighters As­so­ci­a­tion Pipes and Drums band.

And fi­nally, this year’s Fire Cap­tain of the Year for the Yuma Fire Depart­ment is Bran­don Case, who was de­scribed as be­ing a con­stant pro­fes­sional who works well with co-work­ers and has shown a con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment of not just meet­ing but ex­ceed­ing the goals of the depart­ment.

“When he is ren­der­ing care on EMS scenes, his bed­side side man­ner is sec­ond to none,” his nom­i­na­tion read. “Bran­don truly strives to be a pa­tient ad­vo­cate, mak­ing sure that their needs are met and that ev­ery­thing that can be done for the pa­tient is com­pleted prior to leav­ing them.”

It con­tin­ued by stat­ing, “While work­ing un­der dif­fi­cult, stress­ful emer­gen­cies, he re­mains calm and has a com­mand pres­ence which brings about a calm­ing feel­ing amongst the crew.”


THE YUMA FIRE DEPART­MENT HELD AN EVENING CER­E­MONY on Tues­day at Fire Sta­tion No. 1 to mark the be­gin­ning of Fire Preven­tion Week, dur­ing which Aaron Won­ders was named as Fire­fighter of the Year, David Zanovitch the Engi­neer of the Year, Stephanie...

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