First responders, civilians recognized at Firefighters Recognition and Commendation Dinner

The winners of the stated categories were nominated by their peers to receive these honors

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Mar. 1, 2018 3:32 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Justin Coyle may not be a firefighter or paramedic, but he knows the ropes of public safety.

“Working full time over at the Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer, we face crisis situations and adversity every day,” he said, “It’s part of my duty being CPR certified and just being law enforcement, public service, to respond when people need help.”

That same instinct would kick into gear while Coyle was working alongside his manager at Texas Roadhouse. A customer fell into cardiac arrest, Coyle quickly performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

For Coyle, he says it was natural for him to stay calm while reacting to help.

“God used me how he seen fit,” he said, “and I hope that somebody would respond to me if I was in that situation.”

It’s also why Coyle earned a seat at the table at Wednesday’s Firefighters Recognition and Commendation Dinner. Along with his manager, Cindy Perkins, Coyle was named a recipient of the Kayla Nicole Lewis Civilian Award for his actions that day.

“Every day people, they’re not firefighters, they’re not police officers, they’re not first responders,” said Terre Haute Fire Department Chief Jeff Fisher, “They’re people going through their daily life, going to work, coming home and doing their normal things. For somebody to step out of their normal duties is just overwhelming for us too.”

For Coyle, an everyday person with the heart of a hero, he’s just thankful he was in the right place at the right time. Because of his quick thinking, someone was able to continue living her life.

“The biggest reward that I got was giving her an opportunity to make more memories with her family and have a second chance at life,” Coyle said, “and I’m extremely blessed that God used me how he seen fit that day.”

The winners of the stated categories were nominated by their peers to receive these honors. The award winners from the Firefighters Recognition and Commendation Dinner include:

Firefighter of the Year
Kevin Price

Paramedic of the Year
Bram Sanders

Fire Chief’s Exceptional Service Award
Captain Jason Kane

Honorable Service Award
Asst. Chief Bertran Hay and Firefighter Austin Jacks

Honorable Discharge Award
Captain James Utz Jr.

John Boland Award (Child Delivery)
Captain Paul Watson and Firefighters Jeremey Jones, Diana Luther, John Bull and Larry Akers

30 Years of Service Award
Captain James Utz Jr. and Firefighter Richard Gallagher

25 Years of Service Award
Captains Brett Doan, Don Milner, Brad Scott, Fred Hamblen and Russell Feuquay
Firefighters Larry Akers, David Euratte and Michael “Butch” Auler

15 Years of Service Award
Lieutenants Daniel Smiddy and Stephen Kane
Firefighters Erik V. Dilg, Kenneth Ladd, Donnie May, Jaime Kempf, Michael Likens, Aaron Swayze, Jessica Barbee, Brock Marietta, Amanda Lacoste, Floyd Mason, Matt Holbert, Charles Karr, Brian Harper and Michael Dammann

10 Years of Service Award
Asst. Chief Robert Eberhardt
Lieutenant James Harrah
Firefighters Kevin Courtney, William Roberts, Gregg Lawson, Jeremey Jones, Kent “Rusty” Baumgartner, David Palmer, Gary Foust, Doug Wuestefeld and Samuel Johnson

5 Years of Service Award
Asst. Chief Bertran Hay
Firefighters Mathew Osborne, Zachary Beckner, Brenton Lloyd, Christopher Overpeck, Andrew Lumaye, Josh Cottrell and Bram Sanders

Unit Citation and Large EMS Incident Award
Captains David Roach and Brett Doan
Lieutenants Daniel Smiddy (x2) and David Black (x2)
Firefighters Daniel Curley (x2), Hunter Barnes, Jacob Adkins, Josh Beckner, Gary Foust (x2), Charles Reed, Michael Dammann (x2), Bram Sanders (x2), Shane Husband, Alan Moore, Robert Johnson Jr., Brock Marietta, Paul Butler, Clint Wiley, Nate Surma, Charles Karr and Jeff Hodges

Large Fire Incident Award
Fire Chief Jeffery Fisher
Asst. Chiefs Bertran Hay and Norman Loudermilk
Battalion Chief Joe Swan
Deputy Chief Glen Hall
Quartermaster Terry Coker
Lieutenants Stephen Kane and Jeffrey Monroe
Captains Eddie Hamblen, Jason Kane, Daniel Turner, Steve Yelich, Michael Rowe, David McCarty, Douglas Curry, Fred Hamblen, Paul Watson, Darrick Scott, Jay Umbaugh, Mitchell Hunt, Brad Doan and Ron Terrell
Firefighters Josh Cottrell, Kevin Reeves, Nate Surma, Jordan Garrison, Robert Malone, Charles Kensell, Floyd Mason, Allen Elmore, William Holloway, Timothy Hough, Erik V. Dilg, William Martin, Nicholas Arnold, Lucas Puckett, Elijah Turner, Paul Chalos, Herbert “Chip” Kalen, Mathew Osborne, Douglas Wuestefeld, John Bull, Rodger Plunkett, Jeremey Jones, Hunter Barnes, Joshua Smith, Diana Luther, Ric McKanna, Amanda Lacoste, Andrew Lumaye, Adam Perkins, Ashlee Lin, Donald Seprodi, Michael Odum, Timothy Murphy, Austin Jacks and Jeremy Peter

Meritorious Service Award
Lieutenant Daniel Smiddy and Firefighter Bram Sanders

Community Award
Terre Haute Regional Hospital and Union Hospital of Terre Haute

Claude L. Herbert Award
Canine Blaze Scott and Handler Darrick Scott

Martin Laffey Award
Russell Feuquay

Kayla Nicole Lewis Civilian Award
Cindy Perkins and Justin Coyle

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