"Most of you that are in any kind of fire protection, EMS, this is not an easy job," Southwick added. "It's always demanding. You don't know when you're going to be called."
Thompson said the awards and accolades Trombley received at the banquet spoke volumes to the service he's given the Champlain Fire Department.
"One of the highlights of the fire service I think he's most proud of was the formation of the Champlain Fire District," said Thompson. "We went from a village department, a very good department, and we ended up going to a fire district where we had a bigger tax base and we were able to set up funds to get better equipment, better apparatus."
Thompson explained the new fire district has since taken posession of a new fire engine, a new ambulance, a new brush truck and a new heavy rescue truck.
"We've seen a lot of change in Chris' tenure," he added. "He is definitely the reason a lot of this is going on."
Trombley said he was very honored to be receiving the award from the Woodmen.
"You guys are all about the giving spirit," Trombley said, "and as you probably know, I like to give. I don't find a lot of giving values in taking a lot, but your organization is great and I'm very honored for 462."
Also during the banquet, Jeanne Bushey was presented with the Fraternal Spirit Award and Michael Bushey was presented with the Field Fraternal Excellence Award.