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Cedar Rapids Fire Department honors heroes

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is recognizing several firefighters and civilians. 

The following people will be recognized at a ceremony at Kirkwood Community College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Award for Heroism – Captain Dan Ripley, Firefighter Gerald Johnstone, and Firefighter Bryan Johnson for rescuing a baby from a burning apartment at 3000 J Street SW on October 8, 2009.
  • Award for Heroism – Captain Leonard Drake (retired) and Firefighter Mark Lange for rescuing a 61-year old man from a house fire at 3220 Dalewood Avenue SE on June 29, 2010.
  • Award for Heroism – Ryan Walker of Cedar Rapids for rescuing a 59-year old male from a burning apartment at 3009 12th Avenue SW on October 7, 2010.
  • Award for Distinguished Action – Captain Robert S. Bemer, Firefighter Christopher Slaughter, and Firefighter Scott Tomash (retired) for saving a person trapped in fast moving water near Prairie Creek on June 12, 2008.
  • Award for Distinguished Service – Captain Andrew Olesen and Special Projects Coordinator/Public Information Officer Greg Buelow for research, preparation, and presentation of I-JOBS application that resulted in $6.6 million award to build two new fire stations.
  • Award for Distinguished Service – Firefighter Brent Smith for the creation of "After Fire" kits for fire victims and dedication to the Juvenile Fire Intervention Program.
  • Award for Distinguished Service – Firefighter Patrick Hoyt, Firefighter Kurt Kroemer, Firefighter Brady Hunt, Firefighter Sean Beard, Firefighter Christopher Hinrichs, and Firefighter Landon Merkle for organizing the First Annual Cedar Rapids Fire Department Fire Bowl, which raised over $3,000 to purchase automated external defibrillators which will be placed into the Greater Cedar Rapids Community.
  • Letter of Commendation – Captain Craig Dirks and Firefighter Julie Popelka for helping to carry a 61-year old man from his burning home at 3220 Dalewood Avenue SE on June 29, 2010.
  • Letter of Commendation – Captain Richard Halleran for successfully performing the Heimlich maneuver on another fire department employee who was choking.
  • Letter of Commendation - Firefighter Steven Dunham for his dedication and work ethic as an inspector and plan reviewer in the Fire Department's Life Safety and Education Division.
  • Letter of Commendation – Dennis Clinton of Center Point who was passing by 201 27th Street Drive SE on April 7, 2010, when he noticed smoke coming from a residence, pounded on doors and windows, and awoke the occupant who was able to safely escape just before flames became visible from the home's roof.
  • Letter of Commendation – Donna Blin of Marion who has volunteered over 300 hours at the City's Community Connections building at 1501 1st Avenue SE assisting the Fire Department's Life Safety and Education staff with customer service and projects.

 

 

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