Arcata Firefighters Honored
Press release provided by the Arcata Fire District:
Arcata Fire personnel with their families and guests attended the 76th annual awards dinner in Arcata at the D Street Community Center. Included in the event was recognition of new personnel as well as awards for the Rookie of the Year, Career Firefighter of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Fire Officer of the Year.
Firefighter Anthony Benelisha received the Rookie Firefighter of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding attitude, work ethic, teamwork, and his commitment to the community. An active Volunteer Firefighters, Anthony was also recognized last year for his quick and professional treatment of a patient on board the RV Coral Sea. Benelisha provided medical care for two hours and coordinated the transfer of the patient to a Coast Guard helicopter for transport to the hospital.
Firefighter Marcus Lillard received the Career Firefighter of the Year award. Marcus has taken the lead in working with the Humboldt State University Human Performance Lab to increase firefighter fitness and is also part of a team bringing new techniques and training to his peers. Known for his positive attitude and willingness to take on difficult challenges, Firefighter Lillard has also been instrumental in making the building projects a success for our communities.
The Officer of the Year award recipient was Fire Captain Angie Dernedde. With over 18 years in the fire service, Angie is known for her role as a mentor and a positive role model throughout the organization. Her desire to help her teammates, supervisors and the department succeed is unmatched.
Captain Alan Davis received the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award for his outstanding support for Arcata Fire District and many local agencies. Alan dedicated countless hours to improving the local fire service. Sadly, shortly after the awards ceremony, Alan passed away.
Arcata Fire District thanks all of the Career and Volunteer personnel who do so much for our communities every day!