Feb 29, 2016 4:48 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
Twelve people were honored for their outstanding work Saturday evening, February 27th, as the Corning Exchange Club hosted the 2016 Police and Fire Recognition Awards.
More than 100 people were on hand for the annual event, which took place at the Veteran's Memorial Hall.
Fire Chief Martin Spannaus with the Corning Volunteer Fire Department presented awards to First Assistant Chief Bob Hall and Dispatcher Troy Mura.
Corning Police Chief Jeremiah Fears presented awards to Officer Matthew Portillo and Dispatcher Ashley Knight.
Officer Heidi Thomas was honored by Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders, and Officer Paul Burns was recognized by the California Highway Patrol based in Red Bluff.
For Cal Fire Tehama County Division Chief Randy Fregoso presented an award to Battalion Chief Erick Puckett, and Tehama County Fire Battalion Chief Puckett in turn honored Company 21 Chief Steve Zane.
Investigator Richard Davidson was recognized by the Tehama County District Attorney's Office, and Sheriff Dave Hencratt presented Sergeant Rod Daugherty with an award.
Red Bluff Fire Chief Ray Barber honored Reserve Engineer Jonathan Sanchez.
Many of the awards are based on voting by fellow employees of the individual departments, which the honorees said means very much to them.
Tehama County Superior Court Judge Todd Bottke served as host for the program, and Action News Now Noon Anchorwoman Linda Watkins-Bennett was Mistress of Ceremonies. The National Anthem was sung by Corning Union High School Sophomore Elizabeth Lo.
The Corning Exchange Club hosts the evening to award public safety personnel for their outstanding dedication and service to the citizens of Tehama County. Assemblyman James Gallagher and a representative for Congressman Doug La Malfa were also on hand to present certificates of recognition to the honorees.
Proceeds from the dinner, raffle and silent auction go to support scholarships and community service programs, including the club's ongoing mission of child abuse prevention.
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