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 Sidney Fire and Rescue

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  Station #2 - 411 S. Vandemark Road
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Department Awards Program

The purpose of this program is to publicly and officially recognize members of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional or conspicuously outstanding acts of heroism. The program will also recognize members of the community who perform acts of heroism or otherwise perform life saving actions. Individuals or organizations whose actions benefit the operation of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services in carrying out its mission will also be recognized.

It also provides for the recognition of members who perform commendable acts which are deemed to be above and beyond those normally expected or required of Department personnel conscientious discharging their duties, and acknowledges personnel who engage in other meritorious or exemplary activities.


2018 Firefighter of the Year


The Sidney Fire Department is pleased to announce that the Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Jeffrey Simon. Jeffrey has been with the department for over 5 years.


A graduate of Russia High School, Jeffrey is a certified paramedic, and is a current member on the EMS Committee, Technical Rescue Committee and the HazMat Team. Jeffrey is a CPR and EMS instructor.


Jeffrey has received recognition from his supervisors on numerous occasions and just to name a few of them are: in 2014, he and his crew received recognition for their actions in saving a young man’s life after being in severe cardiac distress and even cardiac arrest during transport; in 2015 FF Simon was part of a crew that responded to a call of a woman and child that fell through ice in a pond, Jeffrey’s supervisor noted that he “distinguished himself in the highest manner and performed advanced medical procedures under the most extreme circumstances and did so with the poise of a much more seasoned firefighter”. Also in 2015, FF Simon was on scene of a motorcycle accident to which he and his crew worked as a cohesive team to complete and ensure safety of all persons on scene which included preparing the scene for care flight. In June of 2016, Jeffrey responded to a call for a foot injury, which was actually an excavator that had overturned pinning the operators leg/foot under the excavator. While this was a high stress situation that presented a unique and challenging rescue, the team’s actions were in finest tradition and they were commended for their actions that day. In 2017, FF Simon’s crew responded to a patient that was apneic with no pulse, but as a result of the quick actions and team work, this patient was able to survive a successful cardiac surgery.


During his career, Jeffrey’s supervisors have made notable remarks on his performance such as having a skill set above satisfactory for his years of service, being a dedicated member of several committees, and earning a great deal of respect from his fellow crew members. Because of these invaluable assets, FF Simon was awarded the Fire Chiefs Commendation award in August 2015 for his actions, resourcefulness and courage in a river rescue event. Through skillful teamwork, good communication, and planning the crew was able to recover the victims with no loss of life.


FF Simon is clearly a credit to the Department and an asset to the entire community. It is my pleasure to present the Firefighter of the Year Award to Jeffrey Simon.


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