GREEN RIVER — With the restrictions that were put into place for COVID-19 Coronavirus from Governor Mark Gordon, The Green River Fire Department (GRFD) decided to cancel its annual awards and recognition banquet. However, there are still several people on the GRFD who deserve recognition for their excellent contribution to both the fire department and the community.
Tom Murphy, Kole Burnett, Lieutenant Austin Rider, and Captain John P. Apostolope were all recognized and honored for their dedication to the GRFD and to the Green River community.
Tom Murphy – Firefighter/Fire Prevention
Tom Murphy was awarded with the Green River Fire Department’s Best of the Best award for the most training hours. Tom Murphy had 383 training hours for the 2020 year. This was accomplished with the COVID-19 restrictions that were put into place and the GRFD cancelling all in person trainings for several months. Tom has dedicated his time to ensure the community is being taught fire prevention to help keep our residents safe.
Kole Burnett – Firefighter/Engineer
Kole Burnett was awarded with the Green River Fire Department’s Best of the Best award for the most responses. Kole Burnett showed great dedication to the GRFD by responding to 536 incidents for the year. When Kole responds to an incident that we were paged out to we can always count on him to do any duty that would be necessary, whether it is taking role, acting as a firefighter on the scene, driving the truck to safely get our firefighter to the scene, or even running as the command officer on the truck.
Austin Rider – Lieutenant
Austin Rider was awarded with the Green River Fire Department’s Best of the Best award for Officer of the Year. This award is based on the number of responses and the training hours for the officers. Austin Rider has shown his dedication to the GRFD by providing the fire department with his leadership while on calls, and during training operations. Austin has proven to be an essential part of the GRFD by his willingness to step up to whatever needs we have, and that he has mentored many young firefighters on the department.
John P. Apostolope – Captain
John P. Apostolope (JP Apostolope) was honored and recognized for his dedication to the Green River Fire Department for providing 30 years of exemplary service on the GRFD for the community. JP is the second of three generations that has been on the fire department and has progressed through the years. JP has gained a great amount of knowledge that he has shared with the firefighters as they came through the department. In 2016 JP Apostolope was honored as the “Firefighter of the Year for the State of Wyoming”. JP has proven to be a valuable asset to the Green River Fire Department, and hopefully he has many years left with us to continue to share his expertise.