Summit Fire & EMS honors dozens for decades of service, life-saving efforts |

Summit Fire & EMS honors dozens for decades of service, life-saving efforts

Summit Fire & EMS on Saturday, May 14, honored dozens of employees for their achievements, including 39 people for saving lives.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony hasn’t been held for a couple of years. Awards at the Dillon Community Church went back to 2020, although staff members who reached longevity benchmarks and other accomplishments during that time received their commendations last year without the normal celebration.

The 39 Summit Fire & EMS first responders were awarded for helping save lives. One firefighter, Ian Aneloski, was involved in four such efforts over the past three years. Additionally, Lt. Doug Beeler, engineer Rob Beesley, firefighter Tony Crisofulli, fire medic Tony Marzo, Battalion Chief Shaun Sawyer and Deputy Chief Brian Schenking were all awarded for three life-saving incidents.

Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Benson and firefighter Josh Peters were honored with Leadership Awards. Accounting Supervisor Jessica Fuller and fire medic Karen Hilton were cited with Chief’s Awards. Fire medic Eric Paradis was named Member of the Year.

The department recognized: 11 employees who have reached five years on the job; eight who have served for 10 years; nine staff members who have been with the organization and its predecessors for 15 years; four who have reached 20 years of service; one EMS coordinator who has worked with the ambulance service for 25 years; three battalion chiefs who have worked for 30 years; and former Fire Chief Jeff Berino who worked for 40 years before retiring with honor in 2020.

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