Several employees of the Valley Regional Fire Authority were honored at their annual awards presentation on March 1, 2019, at Auburn’s Community and Events Center.
Firefighter of the Year – Scott McFeron
Firefighter First Class Scott McFeron received the 2018 Firefighter of the Year award. Nominated by his peers, McFeron was commended for dedicating much of his time off to develop and staff benevolent activities that raise funds for community projects, such as “Operation Warm” which provides coats for children in need. He was also recognized by co-workers for his calm demeanor in tough situations, his dedication, selflessness, dependability, and teamwork. McFeron began his career in April of 2010 and currently works at South Auburn, Station 32.
“Whether Scott is organizing a benevolent event, or providing reassurance to one of our customers on their worst days, we all find comfort and confidence that he is working alongside us,” said one of his fellow firefighters.
Fire Officer of the Year – Captain Guy Smith
Captain Guy Smith was chosen as the Fire Officer of the Year for 2018. Smith began his career with the VRFA in January of 2008 and works out of our North Auburn Headquarters Station 31. According to his crew members, he is very skilled at his profession and holds his crew to the same standards, while putting their needs above his. He was recognized for his teaching style, professionalism and leadership as a member of the VRFA truck committee where he instructs staff from VRFA and neighboring jurisdictions in specialty ladder truck operations. Nominations for Smith also included commendations for his courage and contributions during several impactful emergency responses in 2018.
VRFA Professional Excellence Award Winner – Data Analyst Noah Chang
Data Analyst Noah Chang was presented the VRFA Professional Excellence Award for his significant contributions to several projects and programs, most notably a community risk matrix to assist in determining our highest risk hazards and streamlining VRFA input for the National Fire Incident Reporting System. Noah started his career with the VRFA as a Systems Specialist in Information Services in August of 2010. His co-workers comment that Noah is great to work with and willing to assist anyone at any time.
“Noah’s work is always to the highest standard. His talent, knowledge, and ability will help the VRFA take great strides now and into the future,” said Deputy Chief Kevin Olson.
Thank You For Your Service
In addition to the award winners, three retirees were honored. Administrator Eric Robertson led the VRFA for twelve years, guiding the organization through the process of becoming the first regional fire authority in the state, among many other significant achievements. He retired on December 31, 2018.
Battalion Chief Rudy Peden retired in April 2018, following 41 years in the fire service. He worked in many different areas including the Water Rescue Team, Technical Rescue Team, Hazardous Materials Team and Fire Investigation. He also spent time as the Battalion Chief over Training.
Also retiring in 2018 was Captain Paul Carolan. Paul began his career with the Auburn Fire Department in 1991 and was promoted to Captain for the VRFA in 2011. He served as a Planning and Logistics Captain and received many accolades for his work mentoring newer firefighters, especially in his role as a Training Officer for the South King County Fire Training Consortium.
The above is a press release provided by the VRFA. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.
The above is a press release from the VRFA. The Auburn Examiner ha snot independently verified its contents.