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Firefighter recognition

Firefighter recognition The Fountain Hills Rotary Club recognized the first responders for five different agencies at a recent meeting. Rio Verde Fire District Capt. Mike Roggenstein was recognized with the Rotary award this year. RVFD Chief Gary Bradbury, right in photo, said Roggenstein was singled out for his work this past year in coordinating the Firewise Program for the district. Both Rio Verde and Tonto Verde are recognized as certified Firewise Communities. Roggenstein has been the person with the fi re department coordinating fi re fuel reduction projects and implementing grant funding for the program.


Rio Verde Fire District Firefighter/paramedic Jeff Staples was the recipient of the 2012 Firemark Award from Liberty Mutual Insurance. Staples was recognized for his work in the area of wildland fire services including training, equipment and grant writing. From left are RVFD Chief Gary Bradbury, Staples, Liberty Mutual Agent Michael Kosse, RVFD Board Chairman Birdie Pasenelli and John Walters with Liberty Mutual.


The Rio Verde Fire District presented Firefighter Bodie Yourk with a plaque in recognition of his service to the District as he announced his retirement from the fi re service. Yourk, a Fountain Hills resident, has been a fi re service volunteer for 31 years beginning as a reserve firefighter with Rural/Metro in fountain Hills. Pictured from left are Yourk’s wife, Sharon, Yourk, RVFD Board Chairman Birdie Pasenelli and RVFD Chief Gary Bradbury.

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