The Clinton Herald
---- — CAMANCHE — New officers were recently announced for the Camanche Volunteer Fire Department.
Officers announced at a recent banquet included: Chief: Dave Schutte; First Assistance Chief: Jeff Moore; Second Assistant Chief: Duane Wiese; Captain and President: Greg Nelson; Captain: Allen Schutte; Lieutenants: Tom Pruett, Jeff Hackney, Danny Weller and Jim Sowle; Vice President: Eric Dau; Secretary/Treasurer: Jesse Foster; Trustee: Mike Anderson; Works and Projects committee: Kevin Decker, Travis Snodgrass and Todd Powers.
Special recognition awards also were given.
The Aubrey Wilson Memorial award for Volunteer of the Year 2013 was presented to Allen Schutte. The award is named after the late Fire Chief Aubrey Wilson, a 30-year member of the department, who died in February of 2006 after battling cancer.
The award is presented each year to a volunteer who exhibits the qualities and characteristic that Wilson was known for. 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, are items considered for this award. This is the eighth year for the award.
Allen joined the department on Nov. 14, 1992. He was promoted to lieutenant in August 2003. He made captain in 2008. He is certified as FF1 and 2, officer 1 and 2, and paramedic. He also is an arson investigator.
Years of Service awards
n Capt. Greg Nelson — 30 years of service. Nelson joined the department on Aug. 7, 1983. He was promoted to captain in 2003. He is certified as FF1 and 2, and is and EMT. He also is an arson investigator.
He has served as the department’s president for more than 10 years. He is the department’s longest tenured active volunteer.
n Lt Jim Sowle — 15 years of service. Sowle joined the department on Jan. 14, 1999. He is certified as FF1 and 2, officer 1 and 2, and he became a paramedic in August 1991. He became an arson investigator in March 2012. He was hired as a full-time firefighter/paramedic for the city of Camanche on Jan. 30, 2012. He was promoted to lieutenant on May 12, 2012.
n Firefighter Corie Flack — 15 years of service. Flack joined the Camanche Fire Department in January 1999. He is state certified Firefighter 1, Haz Mat operations and Ice Rescue certified. He also has completed the EMT training.
Top Responders for 2013
Danny Weller finished as the top responder for 2013 with 145 calls. Other top responders included Jordan Moore, 94; Allen Schutte, 89; Bob Means and Jacob Mussmann, 79; Eric Dau, 76; Tom Pruett, 69; Todd Powers, 66; and Mike Anderson and Jeff Willging, 65.
The Camanche Volunteer Fire Department is a combination fire department consisting of three full-time firefighter/paramedics and 26 volunteer firefighters. During the calendar year 2013, Camanche Fire Department responded to 514 calls.
The total includes ambulance calls, fire calls, motor vehicle accidents with injuries, mutual aid calls, service calls and illegal burns.