Firefighter of the Year

The following is a list of the people who have won the highest award given within our department. This award is given annually and is voted on by their peers.

2019 Firefighter of the year

Gary Salo, at left, is the Thomas Township 2020 Firefighter of the year.  Chief Michael Cousins  presented the award June 13, 2021. Salo has served with the department since 2010 and is a Crew Leader and an Emergency Medical Technician.

The members of the fire department select the recipient.

PAST FIREFIGHTERS OF THE YEAR
2019 – Nate Wachowicz
2018 – Jim Grove2017 – Anthony Martin2016 – Casey Cichowski 2015 – Nick Chad
2014 – SO Drake Parent2013 – Jean Harken – Medical Responder2012 – Tom Arn2011 – John Giacoletti
2010 – Lt. Brandon Rossi2009 – Mike Fabish2008 – Lt. Ryan Ludwick2007 – Gary Fuller
2006 – Lt. Joe Giacoletti2005 – Lt. Jason Grandy2004 – Lt. Pete Stevens2003 – Brian Leach
2002 – Joshua Mosher2001 – Matthew Hooverman2000 – Capt. Dave Sommers1999 – Craig Simon
1998 – Lt. Matthew Benkert1997 – Gary Fuller1996 – Warren Wyatt1995 – Capt. Tom Ruth
1994 – Al Kindel1993 – Don Ludwick1992 – Asst. Chief Michael Cousins1991 – Jeff Webster  & Lt. Keith Sanford
1990 – Ed Kragenbrink1989 – Asst. Chief Jim Peterson1988 – Doug Engel1987 – Thomas Aspin
1986 – Peter Krok1985 – Dennis McMahan1984 – Roland Marshall1983 – Clarence Schultz
1982 – Lyle Cousins1981 – Chief Ken Gauze1980 – Gary Muter1979 – David Kabobel
1978 – Almarion Sumption1977 – Robert Steele1976 – Gerald Knoll1975 – George Schmidt
1974 – Richard Borm1973 – Ralph Bowden1972 – Charles Chantiny1971 – Duwayne Stockwell