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1999 Firefighter of the Year

Engineer Dave Tice was recently recognized as the 1999 Firefighter of the Year at the Templeton Firefighters’ annual Recognition and Appreciation Dinner held in January.

The award is given to the firefighter whose performance, dedication and concern for the department throughout the year stood above the rest.

The Firefighter of the Year is selected by his peers and confirmed by the chief officers.

Tice has been a member of the Templeton Fire Department since 1997, and he was appointed to the position of engineer last year.

Tice responded to 110 0f 270 medical and fire emergency calls over the past year.

Tice is currently employed as a heavy equipment operator for WilMar Disposal, and he has lived in Templeton for the past four years with is wife and two sons.

Attached to a nomination ballot was the following statement by one of Tice’s fellow firefighters: “He (Dave) comes to the station almost every day to inspect and repair fire equipment. He has helped me learn and understand important aspects of the fire equipment. He studied hard to pass the engineer’s test. Dave participates in most fire department events and has perfect attendance to all training drills”

Fire Chief Greg O’Sullivan said this when presenting the award to Tice: “We can only underscore that the department (and the equipment) is a much better place because Dave’s efforts.”

Other awards presented at the dinner included the following

  • Five year service plaques to engineer Scott Curry and firefighter Terry Tatum and Ken Rondon;
  • One year service plaques to Joe Franzone, Tony Cappelluti, Bill Gibson, and Joseph Gibson; and
  • The award to firefighter with the most responses to calls was given to Steve Barckley, who responded to 75 percent of all calls for help.