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February 12, 2008

ZFD ball honors ‘solid foundation’

It was a night for celebration and honor.

The Zionsville Fire Department hosted its Eighth Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Palomino Ballroom Saturday, Feb. 9. More than 200 firefighters, emergency workers, friends and family attended the event.

ZFD Fire Chief James VanGorder said he was as pleased as ever with the turnout and support for this year’s ball, which honors firefighters for their previous year of service and raises money for the department.

“Everything is going great,” VanGorder said. “It’s been a wonderful night and a great turnout.”

Guests of the ball were treated to dinner, dancing, a silent auction and an award ceremony for outstanding service on the ZFD.

ZFD firefighter and Zionsville Police Department Officer Doug Gauthier said the ball really helps boost the morale for the fire department as it gives them a night to honor each other and provides a fun and warm atmosphere.

“It’s nice for the firefighters to be able to have a night like this,” Gauthier said. “It gives them a night to be with their friends and have a good time.”

At the conclusion of the event a bronze statue of a soaring eagle was presented to VanGorder by the members of the department. The inscription reads: “Presented to Chief James VanGorder from the members of the Zionsville Fire Department for having the vision and values to build a solid foundation which will provide the best service possible to the community and its visitors. — February 9, 2008”

*Business Partner of the Year: Jet Star

*Unit Commendation: Lt. David Kail; firefighter and EMT Jason Potts; firefighter and EMT Jason Thompson; firefighter and EMT Shane Daugherty; firefighter and paramedic Rick DeCrastos; and firefighter and paramedic Steve Gilliam

*Veteran Firefighter Service Commendation Ribbon: Firefighter and dispatcher Ralph Davidson

*Exceptional Duty Ribbon: Firefighter and paramedic Steve Gilliam

*Administration Commendation Medal: Firefighter and EMT Jason Potts

*Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter and paramedic Steve Gilliam

*Firefighter of the Year: Captain Brian Miller

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