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Annual Washington Co. Public Service Awards

Honoring Washington County's first responders.

A local insurance group has been doing that now for three decades.

Marietta firefighter Jack Walters, Marietta Police Officer Greg Nohe,
Washington County firefighter Joe Fouss and county E.M.T. Bob Kiubota were honored today for their service.

The Marietta Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a group of independent insurance agencies, has been sponsoring the awards presentation for 30 years.

"The thought was, as part of our service to the community, that we recognize representatives for the important work that they do," says association member Bruce Lauer. "The concept of this public service awards was developed, and it has been very successful for the last 30 years."

Washington County sheriff's deputy Scott Mankins was honored for the third time in the history of the awards.

Walters was honored for his response during the June 29th, 2012 storms.

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Honoring those who risk their lives. It's the 29th Annual Public Service Awards luncheon.

The Marietta Association of Insurance and Financial Advisories supported the luncheon as peers and department heads awarded their own public server of the year.

The luncheon is to honor all of those, whether paid or volunteer for their time and endless commitment.

"Well it's something that we feel pretty strongly about, a lot of these people have done a lot of great things and don't get a lot of notoriety for it. So we're kind of thankful to be able to do this on an annual basis," explains the President of the Marietta Association of Insurance and Financial Advisories, Rick Walters.

The City of Marietta Fire Department award went to Firefighter Dennis Fisher.
"For his hard work and dedication," Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham said when presenting Fisher with the award.

Marietta Police Chief explained they agreed to give the Marietta Police award to a man that has to react-- before the first responders. The Marietta Police award goes to Dispatcher Stephen Baumgard.

"It takes a unique person to do the impossible job, and do it well. Dispatchers are to have the compassion of Mother Teresa, the wisdom of Solomon, the interviewing skills of Oprah Winfrey, the gentleness of Florence Nightingale...." Dispatcher Baumgard says while accepting the award.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks presented Sheriff Deputy Scott Smeeks for his dedication and success.

"We're only as good as our leaders, I'm proud to work for Washington County, and I'm very honored for this award," says Deputy Smeeks.

The Volunteer Firefighter award went to Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham.

"And that is my main goal eliminating that gap between paid and volunteer... we're all doing the same job and doing the same thing and I would just like us all to be able to work together and it's getting that way again and I'm so glad that's happening. I owe that to the other departments willing to work with us," Chief Durham explained in receiving the award.

"He's excellent to have around, he goes above and beyond for everybody with his skills and abilities," describing Krieg Worstell.

Krieg Worstell was awarded the volunteer Emergency Medical Service award.


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