Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Honors Exceptional Fire and Rescue/EMS Personnel

Oct 9, 2018
Press Release

BRADENTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan has announced the winners of the 16th Congressional District Fire and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards in Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties.

Buchanan established the awards to give special recognition to fire and rescue and EMS personnel who have provided distinguished service to his constituents. 

“We owe so much to our police, firefighters and EMS,” Buchanan said. “Our community is made safer and more prosperous because we have first responders watching our backs. 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 presented 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.

  • Division Chief Randy Bach of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Deputy Gabriel Bogart of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Associate Service Award
  • Quality Assurance Officer Derek Butler of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Detective Charles Butler of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Associate Service Award
  • Division Chief of Special Operations Robert Collins of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Chief Leslie Karen Davidson of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Detective Scott Durocher of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Associate Service Award
  • Detective Seamus Dwyer of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Associate Service Award
  • Captain Aaron Gross of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Captain Brian Kehoe of the Sarasota County Fire EMS Operations received the Career Service Award
  • Battalion Chief Richard T. Losek of the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District received the Career Service Award
  • Deputy Carmine Luper of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Preservation of Life Award
  • Captain James Onan of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
  • Battalion Chief John Perez of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received the Career Service Award
  • Deputy Chad Richards of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received the Associate Service Award

The awards ceremony was held Monday evening in the Bradenton City Council Chambers.