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|On December 22 the Ewell Volunteer Fire Company commemorated its 43rd year of service to the Smith Island community. A banquet and awards ceremony was held at the Ewell Recreation center to honor the fireman and ambulance volunteers, and to thank the community for its generous support throughout the year. Outgoing Fire Company President Donnie B. Marsh and Chief Otis Ray Tyler hosted the event.|
Mr. Tyler, who is completing his 20th year as chief, thanked the community and the Ewell Fire Companyís Ladies Auxiliary for their support. Chief Tyler also paid a special tribute to recently retired Deputy Chief Isaac Dize for his many years of service. President Donnie B. Marsh officially handed over the gavel to Billy Gene Smith, who will serve as president for the next two years. Richard Evans will replace Smith as Vice President.
Chief Tyler reported that during the year there had been one house fire, one controlled burn, two rekindled fires, four fire alarms, 19 landing zones for Trooper Four, forty medical calls, four medical assists, seven drills, eleven collateral duties, and two CPR classes. There were a total of 78 calls during the year averaging ten men per call. The average time on scene for each call was one hour and thirty minutes for a total of 1045 man-hours.
Four members were recognized for their years of service. Larry Marsh received a 25-year pin. Renee Tyler received her10 year pin. Michelle Whealton and Chris Parks each received a pin for five years of service. Eddie Evans was honored as Fireman of the Year for responding to 73 calls, meetings and other events. Dale Tyler, Mark Kitching and Matt Smith tied as runners up with 69 points each. Renee Tyler and Chris Parks were co winners of the EMS Provider of the Year with 184 points. Michelle Whealton was runner up with 66 points.
The Ladies Auxiliary announced that Carol Tyler will continue as President, Candice Smith as Secretary, and Ruthie Evans will serve as both Vice President and Treasurer.
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