News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 9, 2019
Volunteers honored at annual awards ceremony

Members and guests of the Castine Fire Rescue Department gathered at Emerson Hall on Friday evening to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of some of their fellow members.

Maine Maritime Academy seniors Sophie Theriault, Ryan Boucher and Lance Bishop were recognized for their four years of service, and wished a fond farewell as they graduate from MMA and move on to the next stage of their lives.

Firefighter Caleb Reed, Lieutenant Corey McCoy and Captain/Emergency Medical Technician Kyle Fallon were recognized for their five years of service to the department, while firefighter Patrick Irving was recognized for his 15 years as a volunteer. MMA Sophomore Lucas Gaddini was awarded the Rookie of the Year award, with EMT Ingrid Scott awarded the department’s Medical First Responder of the Year. Lieutenant/EMT Geoffrey Knight was awarded Firefighter of the Year.

Firefighter/EMT Lance Bishop received a Commendation Medal “in recognition of his quick thinking and decisive actions to activate and land Maine’s Lifeflight helicopter during a very serious car accident in November, which necessitated advanced medical care and immediate transport to a trauma center,” according to a news release from MMA.

“Captain/EMT Kyle Fallon was awarded the prestigious Everett E. Leach Exceptional Duty Medal in recognition of his substantial personal efforts that have helped Castine Fire Rescue make significant advances in both administrative and operational readiness. Fallon has worked tirelessly over the past five years to initiate training programs and introduce technology into standard operating procedures,” the release continued.

The Department also recognized community member Alice Kimball with the Helene Podlubney Outstanding Community Supporter Award. This award is presented to a non-member to recognize an individual’s support of the Fire Rescue Department and the community of Castine. Kimball has consistently promoted and supported CFRD’s efforts through the “You Know You are From Castine…” Facebook page.

This annual event was hosted and sponsored by the Fire Rescue Department’s booster organization, the Castine Fire Rescue Volunteer Association. The Association’s mission as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization is to support, represent and promote the needs and interests of Castine’s volunteer firefighters, emergency medical first responders and the community they serve.