Palm Bay Fire Rescue Honors Justin Hall as Firefighter of the Year During Annual Award Ceremony

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Palm Bay Fire Rescue held its 2021 Annual Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 2. This event is an opportunity to recognize the hard work and personal dedication the members of the Fire Department have shown over the past year. (Palm Fire Rescue image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Fire Rescue named Justin Hall as Firefighter of the Year during its 2021 Annual Award Ceremony, which was held March 2.

“This event is an opportunity to recognize the hard work and personal dedication the members of the Fire Department have shown over the past year,” said City of Palm Bay officials.

The awards were presented by Palm Bay Fire Chief Leslie Hoog, Assistant Chiefs Richie Acevedo and Robert Furci, and Lieutenant John Ringleb.

Those honored included:

Certificate of Appreciation
■ Adam Beard (GIS)

Commendable Service Award
■ Firefighter Jesse Almeida

Commendable Service Award
■ Station 5 A-Shift
■ Lieutenant Jon Anthony
■ Engineer Craig Olesnevich
■ Engineer Craig Darakis
■ Firefighter Sandra Durfee
■ Firefighter Ben Wetterau

Meritorious Awards
■ Lieutenant Jon Anthony
■ Lieutenant Carlos Pozo
■ Lieutenant Tyler Richmond
■ Fire Marshall Granville Krause

Life-Saving Award
■ Station 5 B-Shift
■ District Chief John Mellace
■ Lieutenant Brandon McKee
■ Lieutenant Brian Weigle
■ Engineer John Lindsey
■ Firefighter James Snyder
■ Firefighter Beau Pickard

Life-Saving Award
■ Station 2 B-Shift
■ Lieutenant Tyler Richmond
■ Engineer James Bliss
■ Firefighter Kaylin Mitchell
■ Firefighter Christopher Cozzi

Chief General Harrell Award
■ Lieutenant Nick Lamb

Chief Joe Gianantonio Award
■ Assistant Chief (ret) Gaius Hall

Firefighter of the Year
■ Firefighter Justin Hall

Driver Engineer of the Year
■ Engineer Tommy Rossetter

Company Officer of the Year
■ Lieutenant John Ringleb

Chief Officer of the Year
■ District Chief Jason Smith

Mayor Rob Medina addressed the audience during the Palm Bay Fire Rescue 2021 Annual Award Ceremony: “This award ceremony is not only important to our team, but the entire community, to celebrate their achievements and recognize their efforts to serve the residents of our great city.” Awards were presented by Fire Chief Leslie Hoog, Assistant Chiefs Richie Acevedo and Robert Furci, and Lieutenant John Ringleb. (Palm Bay Fire Rescue image)

This award ceremony is not only important to our team, but the entire community, to celebrate their achievements and recognize their efforts to serve the residents of our great city.

“It is a great honor to work alongside these incredible individuals who day in and day out work tirelessly to serve our citizens and our community,” said Lt. Ringleb.

“Their dedication to their job goes beyond the calls they answer, with their preparation, training, and the professionalism that we expect here at Palm Bay Fire Rescue. I am extremely proud of our team, and they deserve every ounce of recognition.”

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