News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 19, 2018
Fire department volunteers honored in awards ceremony

by Korey DeBoth

On April 13, the Castine Fire Rescue Volunteer Association hosted its annual awards night to recognize Castine Fire Rescue Department’s emergency volunteer responders and community members who had made significant contributions to the department over the past year. CFRVA is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support, represent, and promote the needs and interests of Castine’s volunteer firefighters, emergency medical first responders, and the community they serve. A major element of the association’s mission is to recognize the individual achievements of Castine’s volunteers.

Fire Chief Randy Stearns announced the promotion of Lieutenant Kyle Fallon to Fire Captain and Firefighter Geoffrey Knight to Lieutenant. Soon to graduate MMA seniors Corey McCoy, Caleb Reed, Myron Hahn and Arik Akerberg were formally thanked for their four years of service with the Department.

Firefighter Jon Ellis was recognized as the 2017 Rookie of the Year, First Responder of the Year was awarded to Firefighter/EMT Arik Akerberg, and Lieutenant Corey McCoy received the Firefighter of the Year Award. In addition to these annual awards, MMA senior Myron Hahn was awarded a commendation medal in recognition of his dedicated efforts in maintaining the department’s fire apparatus in top operating condition. Emergency Medical Technicians Carolyn Brioullard and Ingrid Scott were recognized for having completed five years of volunteer service with the department. Ingrid Scott was also awarded the Military Veteran Service Award in recognition of her service in the U.S. Army.

The final award given on Friday was the Helene Podlubny Community Member of the Year Award. This award, formerly known as the Community Member of the Year Award, was renamed this year in honor of Helene Podlubny, who was a lifelong friend of the fire department, and was the first recipient of this award years ago. In honor of her unwavering support of Castine’s firefighters and first responders, CFRVA decided to rename the award in her memory. This year, Eve Lameyer was recognized with the newly renamed award. Eve, age 12 and the daughter of Ted and Tracey Lameyer, has been a longtime supporter of the Fire Rescue Association. It is estimated that over the past several years she has selflessly donated approximately $1,200 that she earned while selling lemonade to summertime visitors at the Dyce’s Head Lighthouse.