Fireman of the Year - Mike Johnson
receives award from last year's recipient, Carl
December, 2011, Exxon Field Superintendent Charlie
Fire Marshal Duane Baushke and Fire Chief Brodie
Akins with a $5,000
donation from the Exxon Corporation. The funds will
be used to help purchase a
new rescue truck. After the presentation, Exxon
hosted a dinner at the
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame to honor the
dedication of the members of
the local fire department.
December 7, 2010, the Carthage Fire Department held
its annual Christmas Banquet at the
Carthage Firefighter's Assembly Hall. Honored as the
2010 Fireman of the Year was 9 year veteran Ron
Clinton. He was presented the award by last year's
recipient, Dennis LaGrone.
Marshal, Bryan Rickert, presented statistics for the
2010 year: 160 total alarms, 75 in the city,
85 out of the city: 24 dwelling alarms, 14
commercial, 56 grass or woods fires, 16 automobile,
4 mobile homes, 19 vehicle wrecks, 1 barn fire, 18
false alarms and 8 miscellaneous calls. Fire Marshal
Rickert also recognized several members with service
pins: Carl Anderson and Erick Duckworth - 1 yr.
pins; Duane Baushke and Steve Williams - 15 yr.
pins; Mike Ross - 25 yr. pin; David Johnson - 30 yr.
pin; Perry Smith - 35 yr. pin; Chief Brodie Akin and
Jimmy Turner - 50 yr pins. He also recognized Robert
'Bob' Davis for his 53 yrs. of active service with
Akin recognized several members for their state
Marshal Rickert is the current President of the
State Fireman's and Fire Marshals' Association. His
son, Bryce Rickert, is the SFFMA Mascot. Governor
Rick Perry recently appointed Assistant Fire Chief
Gene Giles as a Commissioner of the Texas Commission
on Fire Protection, and Fireman Steve Williams
to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Emergency
Services Retirement System.
Director Charles Thomas and City Manager Brenda
Samford were recognized for their years of support
and dedication to the Carthage Fire Department and
for their assistance in achieving an ISO Public
Protection Classification Rating of 2 for the
department. This rating is used by insurance
companies in the United States to determine the
availability and price of property insurance.
Ratings are 1 thru 10, with 1 being the best. There
are only 103 out of 2,995 cities in the State of
Texas that received a 2 or better rating.