(pictured from L to R) Chief Spokesman Mark E. Brady, Fire Chief Eugene Jones, Lt. Col. Angela M. Peden, Administrative Assistant Spencer A. Stevenson and Acting Lt. Col. Steven L. Hess during the award presentation.
(Photo by: Fire Technician Steve Williams)In what is sure to be remembered by every member of this Department, Fire Chief Jones explained his choice for Employee of the Year by explaining why the video of this particular incident may have gone undetected except for Spencer Stevenson. Fire Chief Jones stated, "Mr. Stevenson showed us how one individual’s expertise can have an impact world-wide. While Mr. Stevenson goes about his daily work with pride and devotion he has a passion for the Department. In the midst of personnel struggling to deal with furloughs and budget cuts he focused his energy on his work. His awareness of the technology that he helps maintain assisted the Fire/EMS Department in chronicling the explosion of the Penn Mar Shopping. The information gathered through the video drive cam was so valuable words cannot express the impact the information gleaned from the video will have on how we respond to natural gas leaks. His actions and the subsequent information helped validate our efforts to improve the safety of our operations."