IFD Recognition Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS – After a year of moments filled with both hope and tragedy the Indianapolis Fire Department honored their own this evening for exemplary performance during 2019.   Incidents included 7 Fire Rescues, 1 Confined Space Rescue, 3 Extrication Rescue and 7 EMS Rescues, recognized for their outstanding contributions for their role during an incident.  In addition to over 794 working structure fires in 2019, IFD firefighters responded to and mitigated thousands of incidents that reflected the power of teamwork, the importance of training and the ability to maintain composure under extreme stress.

Held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, over 150 awards were given to IFD Firefighters and Indy area citizen’s.  Speakers included the honorable Mayor Joe Hogsett, IFD Chief Ernest Malone and Retired Chief, Editor of Fire Engineering Magazine, Bobby Halton.  We are privileged to say this is our 161st anniversary of service to the citizens of Indianapolis.

Recipients were praised for their work during incidents that occurred in 2019 with 121 Firefighters and 16 civilians, recognized for their outstanding contributions.

Highlights from the evening included reuniting 11 year old Haley McKinney with the dispatcher that helped her – save her mother, the presentation of Medals of Merit to 6 firefighters who entered the gravel silo during the rescue of Billy Joe Walls at Milestone Contractors on March 26th (Dave O’Connor, Bill Zimmerman, Marty Roberts, Nick Goldsmith, Don Younger & Tim Zike) and the presentation of the IFD Medal of Valor to firefighter Adam Gaudin who effected a rescue during a fire at 31 Bankers Lane on November 23rd.

IFD EMS Battalion Chief Dave Kelley & EMS Captain Jeff Quinn were given the prestigious Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Service Award, presented by the Editor of Fire Engineering Magazine/FDIC International/Clarion Events Group, retired Chief Robert Halton.

Civilians honored by IFD included Dane Nutty, Chrissy Wurster, Nick Ball, Haley McKinney, Dave Dicken, Rodger Birchfield, Kay Richardson, Kris Mayfield, Betty Sanders, Andre Davis, Tresa Quick, Kyle Pond, Pasha Britt, Tim Workman, Candy Jones and Joan Pyles.

Chosen by their peers, the winners of the 2019 IFD Peer Leadership are:

A Shift: Lt. Brent Morris    B Shift: Lt. Tim Eischen   C Shift: Private Jeff Helms

2019 IFD Year in Review – IFD 2019 Year in Review

2019 In Memoriam  – IFD 2019 In Memoriam

2019 IFD Retirees – IFD 2019 Retirees Video

Nationally, the IFD has been widely praised for its ability to safely work as a team while maintaining the integrity and objectives of an incident command system that often includes multiple agencies and disciplines. This year was a reflection of both the leadership provided by the IFD command staff and of the firefighters on the street who commit to serve 24/7.  Considered a leader in the fire service on progressive health, wellness safety, firefighting and fire service training, the IFD credits in part, the ongoing 25 year relationship with the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) and Clarion Events Group.  The opportunity to learn the latest techniques and information, is a priceless tool afforded the IFD and surrounding departments every year, as they bring the FDIC Conference and over 35,000 firefighters to our city.   This year’s FDIC will be in Indy April 20-25.

The Indianapolis Fire Department is committed to providing the most comprehensive service to the citizens we serve.  Through our external efforts with Education, Prevention and Victim’s Assistance we regard the safety of the residents of Indianapolis our highest priority.  Internally, we maintain that firefighter life safety, training, continued health and education is our #1 responsibility to ensure that “everyone goes home safe.”  However, we recognize that we cannot accomplish our individual mission without the great partnerships we are fortunate to have.  We would like to again congratulate all the recipients of awards at the IFD Recognition Ceremony. The IFD Recognition Ceremony is funded by donations.

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Rita L Reith, MPIO
Battalion Chief – Media Relations
Indianapolis Fire Department
955 Ft. Wayne Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46202


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