Sen. J.D. Ford presented Zionsville Fire Chief James VanGorder and Firefighter Paramedic Abdullakh “Dully” Abamislimov with a special resolution to recognize their being named fire chief of the year and paramedic of the year at the 2019 Indiana Emergency Response Conference award banquet in September.
The resolution presented Monday in the Senate Chamber before the Senate and was recorded into the State Code.
Sens. Phil Boots and Brian Buchanan co-sponsored the resolution.
VanGorder was recognized at the September banquet for his many accomplishments in the last 23 years, including coordinating the creation of a safety committee, establishing fire gear isolation guidelines, issuing each firefighter two sets of gear and more.
Abamislimov was named paramedic of the year for his calmness, confidence and the same quality of care as a seasoned clinician early in his career as a paramedic.
“It is such an honor to recognize these two public servants,” Ford said Monday. “I am always amazed at the abilities and dedication of our state’s first responders. Zionsville is lucky to have a chief and a paramedic who were recognized by their peers for being the best in their field.”