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SOFD honors members

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By The Staff

South Oldham firefighters were recently recognized during the organization’s annual awards dinner for service to the department and the community.

For the first-time ever, a special lifesaving commendation was awarded to firefighters who pulled a woman from a burning building.

Chief Edward Turner recognized Capt. Matt Nelson, Sgt. Jim Johnson, Sgt. Mike Arth and Firefighter Wes Krimple for heroic efforts to rescue a woman inside a burning building Aug. 16.

“This crew, working with another crew from Worthington Fire Department assisted in locating the victim, then pulled her from the building,” Turner said.

The woman survived, Turner said.

Others recognized for 2009 achievements include Assistant Chief Mark Gardner, who received the Chief Milton Carl Stoess Award for outstanding service to the department.

Firefighter Adam Justice received the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award – an award selected by his fellow firefighters for outstanding contributions to SOFD.

Firefighter Tim Vaile received the Career Firefighter of the Year award and Kyle Iler was recognized as Rookie of the Year. Iler joined the department in 2009 and recently graduated from the 2009 Recruit School.

“All of these fire fighters have been outstanding contributors to the success of the South Oldham Fire Department,” Turner said. “They should all be commended and honored for their contributions to the department and to the citizens of Oldham County.”