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Volunteer, Emergency Worker of the Year Nominations Sought

Russell Co. Emergency ManagementRussell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management and 911 Communications Advisory Board are requesting nominations for the Volunteer/Emergency Worker of the Year.

This is your opportunity to recognize and honor an emergency worker/volunteer for their dedication and service to our communities and county. There are many volunteers and emergency workers in Russell County who deserve this award and the local Emergency Management division would like to know your opinion so they may award a deserving candidate or candidates.

The formal rules are that the person should serve or support the Russell County Emergency Services. The person can be a member of a police, fire, sheriff, EMS, hospital, health, dispatch or public works department. Consideration is also given to volunteers who support any of these agencies or volunteers for groups/agencies that support the emergency services such as Rotary Rescue, The Salvation Army, United Way or The American Red Cross.

The nominations will be considered and evaluated by the 911 Communications Advisory Board. The Board will render a decision on the best entry. The winner or winners will be presented a Public Service Award Certificate at the National Weather Service Weather Spotter Meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Dream Theater in Russell.

Last year Russell County recognized Keith Koelling (pictured here) as the Volunteer of the Year.Keith Koelling holding Emergency Worker/Volunteer of Year Award.

Past recipients of this award were Wayne Grabbe and Gordon Gorton in 1998, Cindy Janssen in 1999, Alan Kuntzsch in 2000, Mike Finkenbinder in 2001, Tim Borders in 2002, Craig Langdon and Karl Houck in 2003, Steve Knopp in 2004, Gail Ogle in 2005, Tom Hirst and Lowell Vonada in 2006, Rod Steckel in 2007, Ron Major, Donna Fay Major and Tom Batt in 2008, David Evans in 2009, Larry Vaughan in 2010 and Doug Janssen and Darlene Rose in 2011.

Please write a nomination letter of endorsement and deliver it by March 6, 2013 to Greg Rose at 911 Communications Dispatch Center, 339 East 8th Street, Russell, Kansas 67665 or to Keith Haberer at Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management, 850 Elm Street, PO Box 158, Bunker Hill, Kansas 67626.

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