The Pecan Volunteer Fire Department once again elected Dave Raffa as fire chief, and he will complete his 19th year in that position in August.
The Pecan firefighters met Saturday morning for their annual awards banquet in the Brazos Room at the Pecan Country Club, and Scott Christy was named as Firefighter of the Year. Christy has been a member of Pecan’s VFD for just under five years, Raffa said.
“Scott made 51 percent of all the emergency calls for the year,” said Raffa, citing Christy’s ability to handle things at fire scenes. “He was also instrumental in preparing two young recruits for the fire academy. It takes leadership and extra initiative to be chosen, and Scott comes to the station all the time and checks equipment.”
Hardy Cook, who is 85 years old and participated in 53 percent of Pecan’s emergency calls, was voted Engineer of the Year, Raffa said, noting that the engineers drive the fire trucks and pump water, among other duties. Cook, a member of the Pecan VFD for 20 years, had been named Engineer of the Year twice before.
Bill Mitchell, who has been Raffa’s assistant fire chief for more than 10 years, is co-officer of the year along with Captain Bill Vogler, in a tie vote. Mitchell made 84 percent of the emergency calls, and Vogler made 79 percent.
Sandra Winfield was re-elected as Pecan’s EMS chief.
Captain David Kile was voted as fire policeman of the year. He made it to 59 percent of Pecan’s emergencies, Raffa said.
During Raffa’s stint at fire chief, there have been only two minor injuries.
“I attribute that to the support of our fire police,” said Raffa, who explained that the fire police provide safety and support functions, including traffic control.
The voting for fire chief was held last month.
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