During the annual meeting on Monday, June 5, it was announced that Second Assistant Chief Ryan Clark had been selected as the company's Firefighter of the Year.
In announcing their selection, the Outstanding Member Committee cited Mr Clark for being "a tremendous aid" to others in the company for a number of years.
Mr Clark joined Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue in 2005. His interest in joining the company, the committee pointed out, "was like all others: he wanted to help others and make a difference."
After taking the required classes to become an active member of the company, Mr Clark then became a certified Medical Rescue Technician.
"That allowed him another avenue to help others," Outstanding Member Committee member Chuck Kilson said Monday evening.
Mr Clark became an engineer with SHVFR in 2009. He has since advanced to Lieutenant, Captain and his current rank, which he has held since July 2014. Mr Clark is also chair of the fire company's Membership Committee. In that capacity, he and others meet with those interested in joining the company, and then guide those who are accepted for probationary periods.
"His personality allows new members to feel accepted," Mr Kilson said. "That aspect of him also allows him to work with others at fire scenes equally."
When his name was announced as the recipient of this year's award, Mr Clark was given a standing ovation. He was given a plaque, and his name will be added to the Outstanding Firefighter plaque at Sandy Hook's main station on Riverside Road.
Inaugurated in 1998, Firefighter of the Year is named annually to recognize the significant contributions, achievements and longterm dedication of an individual. Names of nominees are given to a committee by peers. Performance of duties, motivation, teamwork and leadership go into determining the award recipient.
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The mission of the Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Co., Inc. is to strive for excellence in the performance of prevention of loss of life, personal injury and damage from fire, medical and other emergencies of any or all persons when called upon. We shall do this by maintaining a high standard of training and public education and act and perform in a safe, courteous and professional manner.
Volunteer firefighters display a flashing blue light to warn other motorists when they are responding to emergencies in their personal vehicles.
While Connecticut Motor Vehicle laws do not require motorists to pull over to the right, please be courteous and let them pass.
Remember: The faster we can get to the scene of a fire, an accident or a medical call, the sooner we can save lives. After all, you wouldn't want anyone to delay our response time if you needed to call 911, would you?
When you see the blue light, move to the right.
If you would like a patch please send a request, and $5, to
Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Company
Attn Patch Request
PO Box 783
Sandy Hook CT 06482
HELP US FIND YOU FASTER!
IF WE CAN'T SEE YOUR HOUSE NUMBER FROM THE SEAT OF THE VEHICLES RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY, IT COULD DELAY OUR RESPONSE AS WELL AS THE RESPONSE OF OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS.
They can be purchased for $15, and will be designed to hang vertically or horizontally (your choice) on your mailbox post.
Stop by the firehouse any Monday night or call 203-270-4392 to place an order.