CAMANCHE ? Each year, recognition is given to individuals of the fire service whose exemplary performance has contributed significantly to the safety and protection of the communities and citizens of the state of Iowa.

This year, the Camanche Volunteer Fire Department is proud to announce the family of Dale Weller, who served on the Camanche Fire Department for 36 years, has received the Governor?s Award for Commitment to Community Service.

The award goes to a fire service representative who has provided significant, long-term contributions to his or her community in areas that are in direct association with fire service.

The nominee must have served as an active member in good standing of an Iowa volunteer fire department for a minimum of 15 years. He or she must have made significant contributions to the fire department and also contributed to the community in areas not directly associated with the fire service.

Dale?s wife, children and grandchildren recently traveled to Ames, where the award was presented by Randy Novak, bureau chief of the Fire Service Training Bureau, Division of the State Fire Marshal?s Office, during the opening ceremonies of the Iowa State Summer Fire School.

Weller joined the Camanche Volunteer Fire Department in 1966. During his service on the fire department he served in numerous capacities. He was state-certified as an EMT-B, was a CPR instructor and coordinated all of the CPR training for the department for several years. He was a certified Firefighter I.

He served on the department's Works and Projects Committee from 1970 to 1972, was president from 1990 to 1999 and held the rank of captain from 1991 to 1993, when he was promoted to assistant chief.

He served as assistant chief until he retired in 2002. He also holds the distinction of being the longest-serving volunteer member of the Camanche Fire Department. This is a distinction that will be in place for years to come.

After his retirement from Alcoa, he drove children to school for the Camanche School District.

He also was a dedicated member of the Masons for more than 30 years. On any given day one could find Weller at various houses or locations around the city, helping someone roof a house or build an addition.

He also belonged to an organization in the Camanche/Clinton area called Visually Impaired Persons, providing rides to Sarah Harding Home residents.