VRFA honors presented at annual awards gathering

Terry Robinson, left, received the VRFA
Terry Robinson, left, received the VRFA's 2013 Firefighter of the Year award, and Capt. Doug Darmody earned Fire Officer of the Year for 2013.
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Terry Robinson and Doug Darmody received top honors at the Valley Regional Fire Authority's annual awards presentation on Feb. 21 at the Truitt Building in Auburn.

Robinson, a firefighter first class medical program specialist, received the 2013 Firefighter of the Year award. Robinson began working with the legacy Auburn Fire Department on Aug. 30, 1999.

"Terry has a tireless work ethic and many years of experience that he is willing to share with others," his peers said. "Terry is a top-notch firefighter, with an upbeat attitude. He is very knowledgeable, teaches great emergency medical training classes and is very effective in sharing his knowledge with his fellow firefighters."

Darmody, a captain and 29-year veteran, was recognized as the Fire Officer of the Year for 2013. Darmody began his career with the legacy Auburn Fire Department on April 16, 1985 and was appointed captain on June 16, 2004.

Darmody led a team that developed a contemporary hydraulics manual, the foundation for the training of pump operators for many years to come.

"Doug is an exemplary fire officer, he is decisive, consistently makes sound tactical decisions and places the safety of his personnel at the top of his priorities," said a co-worker.

The VRFA also recognized three retirees from 2013 who spent many years serving the emergency and fire service needs of those in our communities – Capt. Gerry Maitland retired with 33 years, Doug Alexander retired with 29 years, and Karl Hoel retired with 28 years.

In a badge pinning ceremony for personnel who were promoted in 2013, Capt. Guy Smith and Capt. Melina Kuzaro were recognized by their families and co-workers.

Three outgoing members of the Board of Governance were recognized for their service to the VRFA since its inception in January 2007 – former Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Auburn Councilmember Rich Wagner and Pacific Councilmember Clint Steiger.

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