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Emmel, Templeton named CVFD Firefighters of the Year

January 20, 2021 - 00:00
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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 Officers:

Chief Dusty Dittmar

1st Assistant Chief Richard LaCourse

2nd Assistant Chief Sidney Chollett


James Chollett

Josh Chollett

Brent Allen Gorman

Roy Heffley

Tony Stolar


Bradly Moffett

Duane Neisner

Michael Smith

Will Schneider

Donnie Templeton

Executive Board

President Donnie Templeton

Secretary Brian Emmel

Treasurer Jason Templeton

Sgt at Arms Bradley Moffett

Special Assignments:

Chaplain Pastor Alan Kethan

Fire Administration Officer – Duane Naiser

Fire Marshal – Brent Allan Gorman


Weston Emmel

Madilyn Vasek

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.