A three-year member of the Sunnyside Fire Department, Josh Roe, and the late Steve Evans, a 17-year volunteer with the department who died of an apparent heart attack while hunting this past fall, were honored last month at the Sunnyside Fire Department Award Banquet for outstanding service in 2004.
Roe was presented the 2004 Firefighter of the Year award. This year marks the third year the award has been given. The first two years the award was presented to Bill Harris, who annually heads up the fire department's adopt a family program.
Roe, the Sunnyside Fire Cadet adviser, was selected from the paid staff by both paid and volunteer firefighters, according to Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham.
The paid staff nominated three volunteers for the honor of the Dick Carey Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award.
The award is named for former volunteer Fire Chief Dick Carey, who died from pneumonia in 1948 after a structure fire on Sunnyside-Mabton Highway, according to Markham. The first Dick Carey award was presented in 1958.
Markham said the vote came about a week after the death of volunteer Steve Evans and the majority of the volunteers wrote in Evans' name on the ballot.
Also honored at the banquet were the top volunteer firefighter responders for 2004.
Tony Castillo responded to the most general alarms, 41, in 2004, according to Markham.
"That's about 55 percent of the total calls," said Markham, who said that between October 2003 and October 2004 there were 75 general alarms for service.
In second place was Ed Laverman, who responded to 32 general alarms. Jerry Monroe responded to 26 general alarms.