IMLAY CITY — An Imlay City firefighter and two alert citizens were honored Saturday, Oct. 17 by the Lapeer County Fire Association for their life-saving efforts during the past year.
Recipients of the association's top honor was veteran firefighter Terry Maxwell, who was presented with the 2009 Firefighter of the Year award.
Imlay City residents Sally and Chris Cutler were winners of the organization's 2009 Community Service award.
Maxwell was recognized for his quick action on June 5, 2009, when he saw smoke coming from his sleeping neighbors' home and alerted them of the fire; possibly saving their lives.
Imlay City Firefighter Terry Maxwell thanks peers for his award, presented on Saturday by LCFA member Blaine Howell.
The Cutlers are credited with having pulled a neighbor man from a burning mobile home fire in March of 2009. A second man perished in the fire.
"What Sally and Chris Cutler did in March and Terry Maxwell did in June, were absolutely live-saving incidents," said Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves. "Their firefighting peers recognized that and awarded them. And I am extra proud of Terry (Maxwell) for all he's done over the 30-plus years he's been with the Imlay City department."
Others honored Saturday by the Lapeer County Fire Association included:
•Asst. Imlay City Fire Chief Rick Horton, who was presented with the Public Service award for his fire prevention efforts countywide.
•Dryden firefighter Jeff Evans and Almont firefighter Scott Garner, both of whom earned Outstanding Firefighter awards.
•Imlay City Fire Lt. Charles Boadway, was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Officer award.
"Assistant Chief (Rick) Horton and Lt. (Charles) Boadway very much deserved their awards," Reaves added. "Rick works very hard, year-round with fire prevention for Imlay City and Lapeer County. Fire prevention is key to this business.
"Lt. Boadway has taken on a lot in the past year," added Reaves. "He was the incident commander at a fatal fire. He was incident commander at several bad accidents and was driving a fire truck involved in an accident.
"In all the incidents Charles did his job and did what had to be done. He was a role model officer."