Special to Iredell Free News
The Statesville Fire Department honored more than 50 individuals at its recent awards banquet, making up for several years of postponed events by recognizing firefighters, promotions, certifications, and retirements.
The banquet, held at the Statesville Civic Center, allowed nearly 175 honorees and family members to celebrate SFD’s accomplishments.
Chief Weatherman was very pleased with the turnout and “the whole atmosphere” of the evening. He praised the Awards Committee for their work on the banquet and thanked the South Iredell High School Future Farmers of America members who assisted in serving the meal.
Fifteen new hires since 2020 were pinned: Jon Bajek, Ryan Hall, Bryan Morris, Cameron Witherspoon, Stephen Church, Darren Wagoner, Carson Snyder, William Akins, Ryn Franklin, Ryan Harrison, Cody Moore, Amanda Trotta, Benjamin Lagle, Jeffery Edwards.
Receiving recognition for earning their Firefighter 1 designation were: Isaac McCurdy, Steve Taylor, Adam Sparks, Scott Mitchell, Joe Taylor, Brandon McLain, Brett York, Hunter Baynes, Jacob Belk, Tanner Goodin, Richard Gregory, Garrett Meacham, S. Moore, Hunter Swicegood, Zach Hinson.
Firefighters receiving their Master Firefighter Certificates were Brett Compton, Matt Harpe, Troy Josey, Shane Schantzenback, Cameron Witherspoon, Marshall Spillman, Justin Yox. Lt. Neil Stutts was recognized for earning the Master Lieutenant designation.
Since 2020, the following individuals were recognized for their promotions and administered the oath of office by Statesville City Manager Ron Smith: Chief Andy Weatherman, Deputy Chief Glenn Kurfees, Assistant Chief Kyle Bell, Captain Wayne Hill, Captain Rawdy Cox, Captain Walter Horne, Lt. Matt Thompson, Lt. Ben McLain, Lt. Brian Baity, Lt. Landon Russ, Lt. Colton Orrell, Lt. Josh Deal.
The most recent retirees honored were Fire Marshal Ed Hodges, Captain Christopher Menster and Captain Calvin Stovall. A special plaque, featuring a firefighter ax, was presented to these individuals, as well as other retirees who had not received one.