BRUSH PRAIRIE — Clark County Fire District 3 recently honored the following heroes on its staff: Jason Mansfield, captain/EMT, Firefighter of the Year; Jerik Traffie, firefighter/paramedic, Rookie of the Year; Brian George, captain/EMT, Excellence in Action award and Taylor Nye, probationary firefighter/EMT, Volunteer of the Year.
Four additional employees were recognized with Meritorious Service Awards: Josh Alexander, firefighter/EMT; Zane Norris, firefighter/EMT; Bryce Ponder, firefighter/paramedic; and Joe Stiffler, captain/EMT.
The following employees were commended for milestone years of service:
- 35 years: Jeffrey Stewart, battalion chief.
- 20 years: Larry Bauska, training captain and cadet program director; Joe Gray, training captain; Craig Martinell, captain/EMT; Joe Stiffler, captain/EMT; and Tony Wagar, captain/EMT.
- 15 years: Nolan Meyer, captain/paramedic; Tony Mitchum, firefighter/EMT; and Andrew Wolf, captain/paramedic.
- Five years: Josh Hall, firefighter/EMT; Zach Helmes, firefighter/EMT; and Andrew Lyons, firefighter/EMT.
Fire Chief Scott Sorenson said “Our community is remarkably fortunate to have the men and women of this agency working tirelessly to protect lives and property. It’s an honor for us annually to highlight the exceptional contributions and longevity from this team.”