The Canby Fire District (CFD) recently held its annual awards banquet and some local firefighters received special honors for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Bob Pulford was named EMT of the Year. At the banquet, Pulford was described as someone who stresses the importance of great patient care as well as providing a good work environment. Pulford makes his patients feel calm and comfortable during transport and communicates with them very well. He knows a great deal about proper treatment plans, according to a prepared statement provided by CFD.SUBMITTED PHOTO - This year's Canby Fire District award recipients.

"I believe the reason he does such a great job with patients is because he loves his job and it shows by his daily demeanor toward patients," Chief Jim Davis said. "Captain Pulford allows people to make mistakes without the fear of being criticized. He creates a great work environment without making others feel discouraged after making a mistake, all while ensuring patient and co-worker safety. He is an excellent teacher."

Three CFD firefighters received the Medal of Valor this year — Jake McKinnon, Monty Graham and Todd Gary. Gary and M61 crew members Graham and McKinnon arrived to a 59-year-old man who was unconscious inside a house filled with highly-volatile, toxic paint fumes.

Then McKinnon, Graham and Gary realized the urgency of the situation and with considerable risk to their own lives proceeded into the house without hesitation to pull the overcome patient outside and into fresh air. They immediately administered oxygen and revived the patient, who refused transport citing religious beliefs.

"It is my opinion that their quick heroic actions saved this man's life," Davis said.

The Special Citation Unit award was granted to Jason Wanner, Wayne Austin, Pate Fuge and Matt English.

The Special Unit Citation award is granted to any organization, unit or specially-constituted team within the Canby Fire District, which works together toward a common goal. The citation may be awarded for a specific performance of exceptional quality or for continued, professional performance and dedication to duty by the organization, unit or team as a whole.

In this case award is granted to Wanner, Austin, Fuge and English because the team worked to put together the new fire engine's specifications, put the project out for bid, made recommendations for the awarding of the bid and put the new engine into service on time and within budget, exceeded expectations, the statement said.

The Award of Excellence goes to Matt Dale for completing an act of valuable service, demonstrating special dedication and perseverance.

Dale is commended for taking on an IT project for the fire district and fully "owning it," the statement said.

Perseverance during a difficult transition phases with IT project and did a large amount of research as he looked into all options available to CFD.

"Matt worked hard to find the most economical route for Canby Fire," Davis said. "He worked diligently with all partners, handled stressful issues with dignity and grace and patiently trained personnel on the latest, greatest upgrades."

Julio Quevedo was named Firefighter of the Year as chosen by all Canby Fire District officers.

They chose Quevedo because he routinely gives 100 percent of the best of himself to the community, always puts safety first and is constantly educating himself in order to stay ahead of the curve.

"He works hard and is always hustling around the station, Davis said. "He never wastes time. He always keeps a positive attitude, even when he doesn't believe in everything that is occurring. Julio also encourages others to stay positive and will take the most work load he can to insure the job gets done. He is a team player and has everyone's backs. He sets the best example of the kind of person we should all strive to be."

Officer of the Year was awarded to Bob Bunnell for providing a positive attitude, a willingness to lead personnel and for promoting a positive work environment while encouraging others to do their best and to be the best they can, the statement said.

Bunnell was promoted to Captain in 2016 and he has proven to provide positive leadership while leading by example, and upholding CFD's values at all times, the statement said.

"Bob is humble, caring and compassionate with all he encounters, while providing excellent customer service," Davis said. "He oversees the apparatus maintenance program, which includes reviewing maintenance contracts, staying within budget, making sure all apparatus are response ready and being detail oriented. Bob continues to accomplish all of this and more. Bob always looks for better, smarter and more cost effective ways to manage issues that arise with CFD's apparatus."

Monty Graham took home Volunteer of the Year honors, granted to CFD personnel who stand out for their positive attitude in promoting CFD policies regarding attendance at drills and meetings, as well as community involvement with charity and social events. Graham displayed a positive public image of the fire district, the statement said.

"Monty spends an immense amount of his time at the station helping others however he can," Davis said. "He's done a great job helping other volunteers accomplish their goals. He is a great guy with a great attitude. He always has a smile on his face. Monty is a person we can all count on. He has excellent character and is a man of integrity. He continues to seek opportunities to grow and better himself."

Finally, the Community Service Award went to Quevedo, Gary and Paul Phillips for making an outstanding contribution to fire and life safety through education, public relations and public service, the statement said.

"From the moment (Quevedo) was hired at the Canby Fire District he has embodied the spirit of exemplary customer service," Davis said. "He consistently greets others with a smile and freely gives of his time with a sincere and caring presence. His work with the Hispanic community has been ground-breaking for CFD and has helped to bridge the gap between communities immensely."

Gary managed many community events thorough the year, such as Light up the Night, Breakfast with Santa, Bridging Cultures, 4th of July Fire Works, Hands Only CPR events, What's Happening Canby on local public access channel CTV5, and numerous fire and safety educational programs, the statement said.

"He was the recipient of the Canby Chamber Community Service Award granted to citizens in the Canby Community who make a large, positive difference for our citizens," Davis said.

Phillips participated in extra events, such as the 4th of July, the local, annual music festival known as HareFest, where he raised money for the volunteer association utilizing his food cart. Phillips also helps at CFD's pancake breakfast, Light Up the Night and the annual chili feed.

"Paul has a positive attitude at all times," Davis said. "He is dependable and always asking what else he can do to help out. He goes the extra mile and consistently helps cook at the Canby Fire Christmas Dinner. Paul is very giving of his personal time to the benefit of the Fire District."

For more information about volunteering for the Canby Fire Department visit the district's website at

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