On Saturday December 7th, 2019, from 1700 hours to 2100 hours Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held their annual holiday and awards banquet at the Moose Lodge at 310 44th Avenue East. The food was provided by Sony’s BBQ. Due to winning once again 1st place at the Chili Cook-off, the prize for 1st place is a free catered Sony’s BBQ dinner for 100 people, thanks again to FF/EMT Moonen’s Chili!
After cocktails and dinner the District then held their annual awards ceremony. This years recipients were as follows:

• Staff Employee of the Year – Deputy Chief Rick Blanco
• Officer of the Year – Lieutenant Tony Hauck
• Firefighter of the Year – Firefighter/EMT Mike Geiser
• Rookie of the Year – Firefighter/Paramedic Mario Disi

The Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Auxiliary did an outstanding job with the planning and set up of this year’s awards banquet. A huge THANKS to our Auxiliary for another successful holiday event and awards banquet!


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