Minden Press-Herald

Sep 18th

Fire department celebrates 2013

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Minden firefighters went on 259 runs and donated nearly $50,000 to the Minden St. Jude Auction over the past year.

The fire department held its annual awards banquet Thursday night celebrating those and other achievements.

"There is not a person here that when their pager goes off at 3 a.m. - and 99 percent of the time there's nothing to it - but y'all get up and go and I thank you," Fire Chief Kip Mourad said.

Eric Lee was named volunteer firefighter of the year. Adam Bradley was paid firefighter of the year. Both men were chosen by vote of their fellow firefighters.

Bradley was the mastermind behind one St. Jude fundraiser - a softball game pitting the fire department against their civil service counterparts, the police.

"He challenged a police officer and it just grew from there," Mourad said.

Marty Glass received the Chief's Award for his maintenance and mechanical help to the department.

"He goes to his truck, gets his tools and fixes things," Mourad said. "He has helped us a lot around the fire station."

The department also responded to 28 mutual aid calls (requests for assistance from other departments) and 124 non-emergency calls.

The non-emergency calls range from illegal burning, water leaks, carbon monoxide alarms and even stuck elevators.

"We get stuck elevators on a regular basis," Mourad said. "You wouldn't believe it, but we do."

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