A time for thanks

Upper McKenzie firefighters earn top awards


April 20, 2023 | View PDF

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The work volunteers do isn’t apparent in the short posts that appear in the published weekly logs. Behind the many responses to fire, medical emergencies, or vehicular accidents though, are people who find the extra time to improve the lives of others.

During a recognition ceremony last Saturday night, Upper McKenzie Rural Fire District Chief Rainbow Plews took the opportunity to tell a bit about the backstories of the people who show up when responding to calls for help.

Among them was Officer of the Year Jason Wickizer, Brent Caulley who responded to the most calls, and Norm Michaels for his grant writing skills that have brought hundreds of thousands of extra dollars to the department.

“Outstanding, dedicated to drills and training, and willing to learn” were among the words she used. But the most import, she noted was that they “were people you can count on and trust.”


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