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Clinton County Firefighters

ALTONA - Firefighters and emergency medical service providers from across the county have been recognized for their commitment to service by the Clinton County Firefighters Association.

The recognition was given during the association's annual banquet at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall April 2. During this year's event, the association named its Firefighter of the Year, EMS Provider of the Year and Fire Police of the Year and gave awards for meritorious service.

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Kent Martin of the Beekmantown Volunteer Fire Department was chosen for the honor of Firefighter of the Year.

In his nomination, Martin, was commended for his 16 years of fire service and for serving "selflessly" and exceeding "every expectation."

"This is someone who, if there was never another fire, would have met their goal [of ensuring safety], but until then, will continue to touch the lives of everyone they work with," the letter stated.

EMS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

The honor of EMS Provider of the Year went to Michael Stafford of Morrisonville EMS.

In the letter nominating Stafford for the award, he was credited with offering "constant interaction with the captain and assistant captain" and for having an "ability to reality with his peers" that helped correct a lack of participation in the squad. A four-year member of the squad, Stafford was also credited for being a supporter of community events like Relay for Life, further helping the squad's positive image.

FIRE POLICE OF THE YEAR

Gil Liberty of the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department was named Fire Police of the Year.

In his nomination, Liberty was recognized for being one who "will step up to do any jobs asked" whether "in his department, two counties in which he is a member of, as well as on the state and regional level."

In addition, the President's Award was given to Peter Peryea with the Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department. That award is given to an individual that has provided dedicated service to the association.

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