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Grandview's top firemen honored

GRANDVIEW - Several Grandview firefighters have been recognized for their outstanding service by their peers at a recent awards banquet.

According to Fire Chief Pat Mason, the banquet included the announcement of promotions and awarding badges, recognition of years of service, and the distribution of four prestigious awards.

Firefighter Joel Byam was selected as Grandview's Firefighter of the Year. Mason said that nominees for the award are determined by himself, Deputy Chief Dave Smith and Captain George Saenz, then voted upon by fellow firemen.

Mason said of Byam, "He's always doing anything he can to further his education...he's assumed more responsibility in the department."

Eric Stanton earned dual honors. Stanton was named Top Responder and also received the Extra Mile Award. "He's one of those guys that is always wanting to learn more. He's always willing to help out with anything," Mason said of Stanton.

Department newcomer Fonzie Lopez earned Most Improved recognition for his willingness to go above and beyond to become a better firefighter with a more comprehensive understanding of the job, Mason said.

Corey Taylor was recognized for 10 years of service, while Joel Castillo, Jose Cavazos and Cole Hecker received recognition for five years of service.

Hecker and Hector Mejia were promoted to Company Officer positions.

Byam, Taylor, Mike Kukas and Craig Taylor were each promoted to lieutenant and awarded a badge.

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