Career, volunteer and contract firefighters with the Zachary Fire Department were honored at their annual awards banquet held at The Pointe at Americana Oct. 10.
Guest speaker David Brewerton, Zachary High School football coach, spoke about teamwork and setting team goals.
Zachary Mayor David Amrhein also spoke, sharing words of encouragement with the firefighters.
The 2015 Firefighter of the Year Award went to Cody Shaffer, 21, for outstanding work and dedication to the Zachary Fire Department. Shaffer has been with the department about three years.
“Cody is a fine young man and an asset to the department,” Fire Chief Danny Kimble said. “We’re proud to have him as part of the ZFD family.”
The 2015 Officer of the Year honor went to Capt. Rudi Shoats, 46, an 11-year veteran with the ZFD.
Shoats was lauded for his supervisory and leadership skills, his ability to motivate others and his overall good attitude.
“He leads by example,” Kimble said.
Michael Kimble, 34, chief of volunteer operations, was awarded the 2015 Volunteer of the Year.
A 22-year veteran with the department, Michael Kimble started out as a junior firefighter and oversees more than 20 volunteer firefighters.
Medical Life Save Awards were given to members of a fire crew that revived a man who was not breathing. Receiving that honor were Deputy Chief David Armand, Capts. Bryan Henderson, Casey Phenald and Chris Young, and firefighters Scott Dupre, Shaffer and Camron Thompson.
Awarded for multiple years of service were: Deputy Chief of Operations Glenn Triche, 35 years; Armand, 25 years; and Chief of Training Gordon Lipscomb, Shoats and firefighters Anthony Capone and Ben Zachary, 10 years each.
The banquet featured a catered dinner and door prizes.