Christmas wish for community is for moments worth treasuring


I hope Christmas brings each of you peace, joy and happiness. I hope that you are surrounded by the ones you love. And I hope Santa brings us snow soon.

I hope you find something you will treasure under your tree, and I hope you find in the heart of others something to treasure.

I hope you have a splendid meal and that you have enough to share with others.

I hope that Christmas evening you are still filled with the excitement and awe of Christmas day.

Merry Christmas to ya all!

Fire department awards

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department has named Ken Slayman Firefighter of the Year. Slayman's innovative ideas and responses to calls made him a stand out for the honor, Chief Coe said.

"He has come up with a brochure for the Fire Fighter Association, mounted new equipment on the trucks and read all the manuals that came with the new truck," Coe said. Congratulations Slayman.

The Emergency Medical Service Person of the Year went to Captain Harris Scott. He earned the award for his responses to calls, handling of patients and his off duty dedication to his work, Coe said.

Scott also won the department's Longevity Award. He has spent the past 20 years with the P-S Fire Department.

"He is getting close to getting paroled," Coe said. "But he still has another five to go."

Congratulations and thanks for sticking around Mr. Scott.

Rehab unit volunteers, Margie Figueroa, Joy Knapheide and Claudia Thompson were recognized for their supportive efforts while firefighters and rescue workers responded to long calls. Hooray for these ladies. They are really terrific.

The department also handed out a Lifesaving Award this year an award not handed out every year.

"We reserve that for only when it is clearly a save, where the person could not have lived without them having done what they did," Coe said.

This year, four people were recognized for having played an important role in keeping Kevin Charles (K.C.) Mahaffey alive in January after he was shot in the chest.

Don Chester, Lynn Larned, Don Smith and Mella Smith each received Lifesaving Award honors. The fast and accurate response of these four professionals gave Mahaffey a chance to celebrate another Christmas. Thank you Don, Lynn, Don and Mella for being there. I know you would be there for anyone of us.

It is a well-deserved honor.

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