The Sherwood Fire Department had their 2012 awards banquet on Friday Dec. 7. The banquet was held at the Sylvan Hills Church of Christ.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr was the keynote speaker for the event. He talked about the sacrifice firefighters make every day. This includes being gone from their families, long hours, (56 hours a week) and the dangers they face in dealing with emergency calls they respond to.
During the event, several men were honored for their actions in saving a civilian’s life. Those receiving the awards were Firefighters Daniel Ashley, Brian Thomas and Clay Hartness. Officers receiving awards were Captain Cameron Lester, Lieutenants Michael Carter and Ryan Baker and Chief David Teague.
The event also was to award the Sherwood Firefighter of the Year. This award is presented to the person, that the firefighters select, who they feel has made the biggest contribution to the department, or had the biggest impact on the department. The award was presented to Firefighter Marty Stumbaugh. Stumbaugh died in October while off duty. His personality, dedication to the department and his willingness to share his experience and knowledge with the other firefighters won the respect of all the Sherwood personnel. Marty’s wife, Mindy, was presented with Stumbaugh’s fire helmet and a gift certificate for Christmas shopping. She also received a framed picture of her husband in action signed by the firefighters. Stumbaugh’s two children, Macy and Mason, along with other Stumbaugh family members also attended the banquet.
This was also the chance for the eight new babies, born to the firefighters since July, to be seen by all the Sherwood Fire family.