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Seminole County Fire Department Honors Personnel & Citizens Who Go Above And Beyond

Sanford, Fla. (February 8, 2024) – The Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD)
recently held its Annual Awards Ceremony at Action Church in Winter Park. The event
was emceed by WOFL FOX 35’s Danielle Knox and was attended by nearly 100
personnel. More than a dozen awards were given to those who had
gone above and beyond for the Department over the last year.
“During our Annual Awards Ceremony, we are proud to recognize personnel who
embody the high standards we aim to achieve every day in serving our citizens,” said
Seminole County Fire Chief Matt Kinley. "Without our outstanding 574 personnel at
SCFD, a fire station is just a building, an apparatus is just a vehicle, and our Dispatch
Center is just a room. I am proud that the Seminole County Fire Department continues
to set the example nationwide in our selflessness through duty, consistency of service,
fairness and equity, and dedication to our community.”
Award winners:

  • Chief Officer of the Year – Christopher B. Baker
  • Lieutenant of the Year – John R. Bennett
  • Engineer of the Year – Kyle Hanna
  • Paramedic of the Year –Thomas J. Blum
  • Firefighter of the Year – Samuel J. Roberts
  • Fire Department Employee of the Year – Meredith Walker
  • Fire Prevention Employee of the Year – Brenda Y. Paz
  • Emergency Communications Employee of the Year – Patricia M. Garrett
  • Rookie Firefighter of the Year – Ben Stadler
Special Recognition Awards:
SCFD’s Community Paramedicine Program
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Jason P. Rappa
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Elaine M. Curry
  • Lieutenant Curtis Halcom
Community Service Award:
  • Firefighter Chris Martin and his wife Christina Martin through their partnership with drowning prevention initiatives with the Gunner Martin Foundation.
Partnership Award:
“Get Informed About Uniforms” Recruitment Program  
  • Sergeant First Class Gregory Henry, U.S. Military & SCSO
  In addition, Retired SCFD Lieutenant Terry Myers and his wife Rhonda were honored with a Citizen Award for using their personal boat to assist the Seminole County Fire Department in saving a motorcyclist who crashed his vehicle off the 417 bridge into Lake Jesup.
About the Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD): The Seminole County Fire Department proudly serves a county-wide population in Seminole County, Florida of more than 478,000 residents  with 20 fire stations. SCFD provides emergency services to the unincorporated areas of the County and in the Cities of Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs and Casselberry. The Department has first response agreements in place with the Cities of Lake Mary, Longwood, Sanford and Oviedo. Follow SCFD on social on Facebook (@SCFD.1974)Instagram and Twitter
(@SCFDPIO). For more information, visit

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