Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 13, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 13, 2014

Colorado River Fire Rescue held a recognition ceremony for staff and members who were recently promoted, joined the district or attained higher levels of certification on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Rifle fire station. From left, Claire Meador, Joseph Koronkiewicz, Bill Smith, Conrad Scoville, Wendy Kraemer, Kevin Carlson, Jennifer Taylor, Grant Stewart, T.J. Meza, Addy Marantino and Eric Daninger.
Darcy Copeland/DC Photo/ |

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Fire rescue staff, members honored

Ten staff and members of Colorado River Fire Rescue were recently honored for their promotions, hirings or achieving levels of certifications.

We take every opportunity to recognize our members for their hard work and dedication throughout each year. The ceremony was designed to bring together family, friends and membership to recognize their efforts and, for our officer promotions, present them with their new badge and collar brass, as a way of displaying our organizational pride and ownership, as well as appreciation and support for their new roles and responsibilities.

Each operational firefighter/emergency medical technician is (or eventually will be) sworn into their position and takes an oath of office. We are in the process of further developing our recognition guidelines so we can identify more members more often for their achievements and accomplishments. We endeavor to do this in a formal, yet family-based setting so we can acknowledge each individual before their biggest supporters and our community members.

The following individuals were honored: Eric Daninger – promoted to lieutenant (presented a badge and collar brass); Claire Meador – hired as full-time administrative specialist-finance (presented a certificate of recognition); Kevin Carlson and Conrad Scoville – both transitioned to positions of part-time firefighter/EMT from volunteer positions (presented badges); Addy Marantino – hired full-time as EMS coordinator (presented a badge); Wendy Kraemer – hired full-time as resource coordinator (presented a badge); Grant Stewart – promoted to full-time engineer (presented a badge); Joe Koronkiewicz, Jen Taylor and T.J.. Meza – promoted to full-time paramedics (presented certificates of recognition).

Chad W. Harris

Deputy chief, Colorado River Fire Rescue

College Goal Sunday a success

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Colorado Mountain College participated in the national College Goal Sunday event. The goal was to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and answer any questions regarding scholarships and paying for college. The turnout was amazing!

On behalf of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and the Rifle event team, thank you to all volunteers, local businesses and students for your contribution in helping us make the day a great success.

We also extend great appreciation to all volunteers for your participation and support. Although the volunteers are too numerous to list here, we know none of this would be possible without you.

Thank you to the following businesses for your generous donation(s): Columbine Ford, Rifle Alpine Bank, Shear Intensity, Rifle City Market, Shooters, WPX Energy, Master Automotive, Brenden Rifle 7, Rifle Domino’s Pizza, Rifle Subway #17685. Your support to college students means a great deal to us and the raffle was a success.

Finally, we extend a special thank you to all the students and families who attended. We appreciate your taking the time and effort to be here, and we see you are determined to succeed. CMC is here to assist you through the college process. Please continue to contact us with any questions or concerns. We wish you all the best in your college endeavors.

Janelle Cook

Rifle College Goal Sunday coordinator

Area students make dean’s list

Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. has announced the dean’s list for its fall 2013 semester. To be eligible, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 and be registered for full-time course work.

Among those earning a 4.0 GPA were Erin Vanderpool of Parachute and Whitney Bridger and Taylor Harris, both of Silt.

CT columnist receives top life insurance honor

Mike Davis of Northwestern Mutual in Rifle has received his chartered life underwriter designation from the American College.

Founded in 1927, the American College, based in Bryn Mawr, Penn., is the nation’s oldest and largest nontraditional institution for higher learning dedicated exclusively to the studies of life insurance and related financial services. The designation is the highest level of studies offered in the life insurance profession.

Davis holds a bachelors of science in business management degree from Brigham Young University–Idaho and provides a monthly personal finance column, “Dollars & Sense,” for The Citizen Telegram.

Clear those vents

With Rifle and the Western Slope recently receiving heavy snowfalls, Colorado River Fire Rescue reminds residents to clear away snow and ice from their natural gas meters and the external vent pipes from natural gas furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and clothes dryers.

Blocked appliance vents could result in a loss of heat or buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in the home. Keeping them clear also ensures both the meter and natural gas appliances function properly.

If you notice your meter or appliance vent pipe is covered with snow, remove the snow carefully with either a brush or broom. Do not scrape your meter or vent pipe with a sharp instrument.

Do not shovel, plow or blow snow up against the meter or vent pipe and be careful not to bump your meter with a snow blower. Remove any icicles from overhead eaves troughs to ensure dripping water does not splash and freeze on the meter or vent pipe. Never kick your gas meter or vent pipes in an attempt to clear ice and snow.

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