Twenty Second Annual Awards Banquet

City of Tyler Fire Department

Paul Findley, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer, 903-360-0553

News Release

For Immediate Release

Mar. 10, 2013

Tyler Fire Department Holds Twenty-Second Annual Awards Banquet

The Tyler Fire Department held its Twenty-Second Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden. During the ceremony, firefighters, along with retired firefighters and civilians, were honored for their actions and service to the City of Tyler.


Firefighter Association Award: 

Mayor Barbara Bass

Chief’s Certificates of Merit (Customer Service/Staff Support) were awarded to:

Russell Jowell – While off-duty, Firefighter Jowell assisted with accident victim until EMS arrived.

Chris Mahler and Devin Myers – Tyler Firefighter Combat Challenge fundraising effort.

"Over 40" Combat Challenge Team (Brandon Davis, Brent Hail, Terry Hawkins, Jeff Barnett and Stuart Weatherford) – 2nd Place win in the Firefighter Combat Challenge.

Jonathan Admire – City of Tyler Chili Cook-Off winner for the TFD

Steven Wieczor – Community Service

J.R. Wood – Staff/Customer support

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Quilters Group

Jeff Hudgens – Video for Banquet

Kenneth Dean – Production of story and video on the TFD

Chief’s Certificates of Merit (Exemplary Service Awards) were awarded to:

Matt Jenkins, Aaron Smith and Randy Davis: Providing CPR to heart attack victim

Jimmy Morgan, Chad Baker and Jason Wright: Assistance with victim suffering from choking at Austin Elementary School

John Rains, Kelly Adkinson and Matt Hazel: Assistance with victim suffering from stab injuries

Individual Awards included:

Traveling Trophy from Fire Department Annual Picnic:

             Fire Station 8

Special Recognition Award:

             Tony Gumber, Coach TFD Soccer Team

             Gold Medal winner, 3rd straight year   


Staff Support Award:

                 Lynda Cox


Outstanding District Award:

District 1 C-Shift

                 Led by District Chief Les Schminkey


Friend of the Department Awards:

Chris Simons for his longstanding support of the Tyler Fire Department

Ron Schwartz with ETMC EMS for his continued support of the Tyler Firefighter Combat Challenge, as well as participation in the establishment of the scholarship program for the local Fire Academy. ETMC also provided funds for the evening’s meal.

Rick Rayford with the Brookshire Grocery Company for his ongoing support and contributions to the Tyler Fire Department

Legends Awards:

Don Nicholson – Hired on September 15, 1968. Retired on December 31, 1995 with over 27 years of service to the City of Tyler.

James Powell – Hired on October 24, 1958. Retired on January 1, 1995 with over 37 years of service to the City of Tyler.

Tom West – Hired on May 16, 1963. Retired on May 26, 1983 with 20 years of service to the City of Tyler.


Leadership Award:

                 District Chief Terry Rozell


Life Saving Award:

Chance Johnson – University of Texas at Tyler Incident


Firefighter of the Year:

Reece Hunt

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