Firefighter Recognition



The Exchange Club of Savannah recognized FireMedic, Rookie FireMedic, and Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at an award luncheon. Eligible individuals are voted upon, in the three categories, by their peers. These outstanding honorees were presented a handsome wall plaque and a check by Assistant Chief Hugh Futrell. Also recognized were: Southside Fire Department Chief Wesley Meadows and Assistant Chief Tim Genest.

Langdon H. Cooper, III was honored as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Langdon instructs CPR, Emergency response to terrorism, First Aid, and National Maritime Law Enforcement. He joined the SSFD in 1986.

Douglas R. Struble was named the Rookie FireMedic of the Year. Doug began as a volunteer in 2004 and, a ouple of years later, became a full-time employee. He became a Paramedic this year.

Jeffery R. Mills, the son of a firefighter, was recognized as the FireMedic of the Year. Jef is a GEMA rescue specialist in auto and bus extraction and has received numerous cerifications as a firefighter and EMT. He joined the SSFD in 2005.

Assistant Chief Futrell reminded the members of the Exchange Club of Savannah of Fire Prevention Week and the need to change batteries in smoke detectors.

The Southside Fire Department was started in 1961 and now has 130 volunteers and 123 career personnel operating 13 stations serving 110,000 citizens.

The Exchange Club of Savannah was chartered in 1927 and supports the Victor Jenkin’s Boys’ Club and The Child Abuse Prevention Center among numerous charities from proceeds of the annual Coastal Empire Fair (this year October 10- 30).


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