Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Announces Congressional Fire and Rescue/EMS Awardees

Sep 19, 2016
Press Release
Awards Ceremony Tonight in Sarasota

Congressman’s Annual Awards Recognize Exemplary First Responders

SARASOTA – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced today the 2016 winners of the 16th Congressional District Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards. Buchanan established the awards to give special recognition to fire and rescue and EMS personnel who have provided distinguished service to his constituents. 

The awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2016 in the Sarasota County Administration Building Commissioner’s Chambers at 1660 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota, Florida.

“We owe so much to our police, firefighters, and EMS. Our community is made safer, quieter, and more prosperous because we have first responders watching our backs,” Buchanan said. “When called upon, they often arrive at scenes of danger and trauma, to which they reliably bring strength and composure. These brave men and women spend hundreds of hours in training so that they are prepared when they get ‘the call.’ These stellar individuals exemplify what it means to serve a community.”

Buchanan will present awards to the following winners, who were selected this year by an independent committee comprised of a cross section of current and retired fire and rescue personnel living in the district.

Firefighter Christopher Carver of the North River Fire District will receive the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Battalion Chief Scott Blanchard of the City of Venice Fire Department will receive the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Engineer Mathew Redmond of the North River Fire District will receive the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Lieutenant David Hawes of the City of North Port Fire Rescue District will receive the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Chief Brian Gorski of the Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District will receive the Career Service Award.

WHO: Congressman Vern Buchanan.

WHAT: 16th Congressional District Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Awards.

WHEN:  5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

WHERE: Sarasota County Administration Building Commissioner’s Chambers at 1660 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota.