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Grand Island Fire Company honors workers in celebrating its legacy

Officials of the Grand Island Fire Company, after acknowledging recent compliments from local and state government officials about the volunteer organization’s 77 years of community service, Tuesday announced awards for some of its most honored members.

Greg Butcher, chairman of the organization’s board of directors, said the real credit for what he called the “first rate” service the organization provides should go to the founders of what in 1938 was known only as “Volunteer Fire Company #1” on Grand Island.

The founders of what is now the Grand Island Fire Company, Butcher said, “set in motion key elements of the strong, effective and rewarding organization that exists today” along with what he called the organization’s continuing “exceptional leadership” that “has continued to steer the GIFC to the highest standards of fire and emergency medical protection” for which it has become known.

Award were presented by Company President John Podlucky and Fire Chief Matt Osinski for “noteworthy achievements” to:

• Dr. Barbara Stouter, honored with a life membership for her 20 years of service to the organization.

• Steve Morgan for his 35 years of service, including 25 years in the Dispatch Center, including his current job as communications supervisor, which Osinski said will soon end now that his work has led to his appointment to a similar post in Laramie, Wyoming.

• Robert “Butch” Meyer, recognized for his 50 years of active service with the fire company.

• Fire company charter member Robert Kingston, recognized for his “remarkable 70 years of service” to the fire company.

Ladies Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher gave the fire company “a long overdue” upgrade of the company’s kitchen utensils on behalf of the auxiliary.