Camanche FD

Capt. Greg Nelson (left) and Capt. Allen Schutte were awarded the 2008 Aubrey Wilson Award.

The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CAMANCHE — Members and guests of the Camanche Volunteer Fire Department gathered for the annual installation of officers banquet on May 9 at Central Fire Station.

The banquet is held to recognize installed officers and individuals for their accomplishments during the past year.

Following the dinner, the new officers for the upcoming year were announced as follows: Chief Dave Schutte, First Assistant Chief Bob Alm, Second Assistant Chief Duane Wiese, Captain and President Greg Nelson, Capt. Jeff Moore, Capt. Allen Schutte, Lt. Tom Pruett, Lieutenant and Works and Projects Danny Weller, Vice President Eric Dau, Secretary and Treasurer Eric Hosette, Trustee Cory Snodgrass, and Works and Project Committee Kevin Decker and Jim Sowle.

Special awards of recognition also were presented. Among these was the Aubrey Wilson Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year for 2008.

The award is named after late Fire Chief Aubrey Wilson, a 30-year member of the department, who died in February 2006 after battling cancer.

The award is presented each year to a volunteer who exhibits strong qualities and characteristics that Wilson was known for. These include being a dedicated volunteer, responding to a high volume of calls, going above and beyond the normal call of duty and being an overall great member of the department.

This is the third year for the award. In 2006, Danny Weller was the recipient and in 2007 it was presented to Cory Snodgrass and Vern Deters.

For 2008, the two recipients of the award were Capt. Allen Schutte and Capt. Greg Nelson.

Allen Schutte joined the Camanche Fire Department on Nov. 14, 1992. He is a state-certified EMT-paramedic and firefighter I and II. He also is a state-certified company officer and an arson investigator.

“Allen is a tremendous asset to our fire department,” said Dave Schutte. “He is very knowledgeable as an officer and an instructor. He also brings a lot of other valuable knowledge and skills that benefit our department. He is very conscientious about everything he does.”

Allen Schutte is an engineer for the Clinton Fire Department. He and his wife, Stacy, have one son, Zachery.

Nelson joined the department on Aug. 7, 1983. He is the longest-tenured volunteer on the department. Nelson is a state-certified EMT-basic, firefighter I and II and is an arson investigator. He also serves the department as president.

“Greg does a fantastic job for our department,” Dave Schutte stated. “He has dedicated over 26 years to this community and he just continues to make great contributions. He is always willing to go to fire schools and learn more. He is also always around to make sure our events throughout the year go smoothly. He is a great role model for our younger members.”

Nelson is employed with Domestic Plumbing. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Raymond and Sarah.

Both recipients received an engraved plaque. Two members of Aubrey Wilson’s family were in attendance to see the award presentation. Wilson’s wife, Betty, and son, Mike, were able to attend, which made the ceremony even more special for those present.

The Camanche Volunteer Fire Department is a combination fire department consisting of two full-time career firefighters and 28 volunteer firefighters.

During the calendar year 2008, Camanche Fire Department responded to 399 calls. The total includes ambulance, fire calls, motor vehicle accidents with injuries, mutual aid calls, service calls and illegal burns.

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