After making 214 emergency response calls in 2020 and supporting a wide variety of Columbus community events the volunteers of Columbus Fire Department started 2021 with a business meeting Jan. 4.
The first order of business was to award the 2020 Volunteer Firefighter of the year. This award is typically announced in December at the Fireman’s Christmas Party, however, like so many other community events the party was canceled due to health and safety restrictions, but the time-honored tradition goes on. The nominees for the 2020 Fireman of the Year were: Brian Emmel, Bradley Moffett, and Jason Templeton. All three-gentleman work hard for their community and have given their personal time to train, respond, and represent. They went above and beyond the average volunteer last year.
The general membership voted in a tie for the award; the 2020 Firefighters of the Year are Brian Emmel and Jason Templeton.
The following firefighters were recognized and gifted a pin for their years of service to the City of Columbus through the fire department: Steven Poncik – 5 years
Ian Rhodes – 10 years
Josh Chollett – 15 years
Ed Halcom – 20 years
Richard LaCourse -30 years
Randy Neuendorff – 40 years
The 2021 CVFD Leadership is as follows:
Chief Dusty Dittmar
1st Assistant Chief Richard LaCourse
2nd Assistant Chief Sidney Chollett
Brent Allen Gorman
President Donnie Templeton
Secretary Brian Emmel
Treasurer Jason Templeton
Sgt at Arms Bradley Moffett
Chaplain Pastor Alan Kethan
Fire Administration Officer – Duane Naiser
Fire Marshal – Brent Allan Gorman
Columbus Volunteer Fire Department has 36 active members. Volunteers are expected to be on call to respond to emergency calls and are summoned to the fire station when their services are needed. They also attend other non-emergency duties as well (training, fundraising, equipment maintenance, etc.). These citizens are truly committed to the community’s wellbeing. If you would like to become a member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department speak to any member or call City Hall.