2014 Volunteers of the Year
Operations Volunteer of the Year: To qualify for this award, the nominees have show leadership to Grapevine Fire Department and the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni by their support of the following operations functions: Equipment Retrieval, Photo Squad and Rehab 561.
Presenter: Deputy Chief Operations - Stuart Grant
Nominees: Tony and Kate Mentlik Rehab 561; Robyn McKinney - Rehab 561; Carla Ulrichherring - Rehab 561
Winner: Tony and Kate Mentlik
Tony and Kate have been faithful responders to Rehab calls and have given their time to come to all quarterly drills. They have shown leadership and willingness to take on new roles and step up into a leadership position. Tony has accepted the position of Assistant Coordinator for Rehab and as such will be the point person when the Coordinator is unavailable. Tony even went so far as to come into the 21st century by buying a smart phone in order to get pages from the new Active 911 system. Tony and Kate come as a matching set, for this reason they are both recipients of the Operations Volunteer of the Year.
Administrative Volunteer of the Year: To qualify for this award, the nominees have shown participation and leadership to Grapevine Fire Department and the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni by their support of the following administrative functions: Courier, Document Management, Hospitality, Database Entry including Intubation logs, training logs, and hydrant testing data.
Presenter: Deputy Chief Administration - Mark Ashmead
Nominees: Russ Walker - Courier; Roland Sierra - Courier; Tony Mentlik - Courier; Chris Hudgins - Hospitality
Winner: Chris Hudgins - Hospitiality
Chris was chosen because he has single handedly provided goodies and treats to all retirement, promotion and general meetings. Chris has elevated the position of hospitality chair to a new level and has done so with great wit and humor. Chris has donated untold hours in support of the Grapevine Fire Department and it's members through his preparation and delivery of outstanding culinary delights.
Fire Prevention Volunteer of the Year: To qualify To qualify for this award, the nominees have shown participation and leadership to Grapevine Fire Department and the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni by their support of the following fire prevention functions: Emergency Operations, Fire Investigation Support, Public Events, and Smoke Detector distribution. This year public events were numerous. The events that required support by CFA personnel included: The job fair and fiesta on March 22, the police motorcycle rally on 3/22, 14 weeks of Beach Patrol in support of the annual fire works (forgot what the official name for this is), Back to School event on 8/9, Veterans Day Parade, Open house, Christmas Parade, and Pancakes with Santa.
Presenter: Deputy Chief Fire Prevention - Randie Frisinger
Nominees: Robyn McKinney; Carla Ulrichherring; Tamara Cole
Winner: Carla Ulrichherring
Carla brings a great deal of energy and creativity to all CFA events she participates in. She was instrumental in creating the sign that drew attention to the Hydrant of Hope, the fundrasing "fill the hydrant" that raised $823 benefiting DE Mike Stark at the Open House. In 2014 Carla became the "go to" person for the newly created program of Beach Patrol. She dedicated numerous Friday Nights to help ensure the safety of people watching the fireworks week after week. Carla has also been very visible at the Open house as the cotton candy lady, the Veterans day parade and Pancakes with Santa.
Rookie of the Year: Nominees in this category are the individuals who completed the Citizens Fire Academy in 2014, joined the alumni and began making contributions to the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni in support of the Grapevine Fire Department.
Presenter: Deputy Chief Fire Prevention - Randie Frisinger
Nominees: Cindy Ashbaker; Jerry Boyle; Tamara Cole; Jeff Huggins; John Huggins; Dacia Milner; Taylor Stainbrook; Russell Walker
Winner: Tamara Cole
While we've had several from class 16 who've stepped up and performed in exemplary ways, including Russ for his contributions to the courier program, and Dacia in her role as a part of Rehab 561, Tamara has really embraced the CFA and given numerous hours in support of various projects. Two that specifically come to mind. First and foremost, when volunteers were needed to step in and take DE Mike Stark to Fort Worth for chemo treatments, Tamara stepped up and volunteered straightway. She picked Mike up at his home in Azle and drove him to Fort Worth, stayed until the chemo treatments were done, then drove him back home. Throughout all this she created a special bond with Mike. Tamara also took on a new fundraising project and partnered with California Pizza Kitchen which raised $241 for the CFA.
Volunteer of the Year: The volunteer of the year is just that. The person who has given more of their time and efforts by being involved in more events and projects than any other volunteer. This is someone who has not only been a "go to" person, but has done so tirelessly for more than just this year. However, for 2014 this person has really come through and shown leadership and a willingness to take on many projects. This person has been involved in all aspects of CFA and supported the Grapevine Fire Department and Citizens Fire Academy Alumni tirelessly.
Presenter: Fire Chief - Darrell Brown
Nominees: Carla Ulrichherring; Tony Mentlik; Russ Walker; Roland Sierra; Robyn McKinney; Tamara Cole
Winner: Robyn McKinney
Robyn has participated in more events than any other volunteer. Robyn has been at 23 events this year. She participates in Rehab 561, she did several tours as Beach Patrol during the summer fireworks. Robyn also participated in the Advanced CFA's, Back to School Pub Ed event, Police Motorcycle Rally and is currently leading a team to review and revamp the After the Fire Program. Robyn's dedication and commitment is a testiment to her concern and support for the Grapevine Fire Department and Citizens Fire Academy.