Castle Rock’s bravest were recognized this week for their outstanding work during the pandemic. In addition to presenting that department-wide Meritorious Service Award, Fire Chief Norris W. Croom III presented dozens of other CRFD personnel with awards in a ceremony Monday.
“Everyone went above and beyond to keep the community, our patients and each other safe,” Croom said of the Fire and Rescue Department’s performance while dealing with COVID-19.
Five other Meritorious Service Awards were presented: to CRFD’s technical rescue leads; related to wildland operations; to those involved with SimsUshare fire simulator training; for instructing at a 2020 fire academy; and for treating the community to drive-bys from Santa himself last December.
Twenty-four members also were presented with Clinical Save Awards, in connection with four incidents where CRFD responded to a person in cardiac arrest and resuscitated them.
“Thanks to our team, these community members are able to continue living life as they had prior to these catastrophic events,” Croom said.
Croom also presented a Unit Citation Award to the 22 CRFD members who responded to a crash in February 2020 at Interstate 25 and Meadows Parkway, which involved seven vehicles and necessitated the transport of 10 patients to area hospitals.
The final awards bestowed were Chiefs Choice Awards, given to 10 members who exceeded expectations and exemplify CRFD’s mission, vision and values.
CRFD usually holds an awards banquet annually in January, but this year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. Monday’s ceremony was held to convey appreciation for CRFD personnel ahead of the planned resumption of the banquet tradition in 2022.
Also at Monday’s event, CRFD welcomed a new member, celebrated two promotions and presented 11 years of service awards to members celebrating milestones with the department, including a 25-year award to a member who retired last June.
Learn more about CRFD at CRgov.com/Fire.