Members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD), retired firefighters and guests gathered Saturday night for the annual IVFD awards night.
Fire Chief Doug Mitchell emceed the program, during which awards were announced for years of service, response to calls, training hours and even a few “bloopers.”
The Department’s top award, Firefighter of the Year, went to Wade Courter for a second consecutive year. He again received the praise of his fellow firefighters, who cast ballots for that award.
Courter received a trophy that features a sculpted firefighter.
Kelsey Weiss, the IVFD’s second asst. chief, earned a pair of coveted awards—Officer of the Year (voted on by the membership) and the Francis Nichols Memorial Training Award. The Nichols award recognizes the member who completed the most training hours in 2018. Weiss tallied 132.