|69th Annual Installation of Officers|
|By Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Raley|
|January 28, 2017|
On January 28, 2017 the 69th Annual Installation of Officers Banquet was held at the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall. To start off the evening, the administrative, operational and auxiliary officers were sworn in by our own SMVFA Representatives Johnny Wathen and Darlene Wood. afterwards, Johnny and Darlene were installed by Barbra Sue Nelson, SMFVA.
2017 Administrative Officers:
President – Charlie Bradburn
Board of Directors-
2017 Line Officers:
Fire Chief – Ray Mercure
2017 Auxiliary Officers
President – Dawn Gatton
The awards program followed, under the helm of Master of Ceremonies, Former St. Mary's County Commissioner Dan Raley.
President's Award – James Raley
Chief's Award – Members of the Department & Auxiliary
Fireman of the year – Robert Simmons
Rookie of the year – Tyler Mercure
Chief Engineer's Award – John Morrison
Joe Titus Fire Prevention Award – Mary Wise
Auxiliary Member of the year – Peggy Vallandingham
Auxiliary Outstanding Service Award - Richard Fritz
Auxiliary President Dawn Gatton presented the department with a check totaling $20,000 to be used for the parking lot asphalt overlay project. The Auxiliary also purchased the department two large coolers to replace the old coolers.
The following were presented with Life Save Awards for their outstanding service, preservation of life and dedication to the community:
1. Keith Raley 143 Calls
5 Years – Will Kenny and Karen Raley
10 Years – Mike Peacher
20 Years - Allen Raley
25 Years - Mike Keister
30 Years – Kevin Lorence
45 Years – Eddie Cooper
Auxiliary Years of Service
5 Years - Laura Cook
10 Years - Debbie Fairfax and Tracy Owens
15 Years - Freda Franklin
25 Year (Life Member) - Aggie Owens
30 Year - Darlene Wood
45 Years - Jacqie Cooper, Millie Cullison, and Peggy Valandingham
Carnival Chairman Mike Ridgell presented several years of service awards to citizens of the community for their years of commitment to the Ridge Carnival.
A dance followed with music by DJ Carter.
The Officers and members of the Ridge VFD also would like to thank the members of Bay District VFD for covering our area during the installation.
Also, a special thanks to Mary Franklin for the pictures.