But mercifully, as Burgin noted, there were no firefighter injuries.
Volunteer Floyd Peeler was among the firefighters recognized for contributions to the department. Peeler retired in 2018, following 50 years of service.
Roger Williams was also recognized. Williams served 18 years as the secretary of the BCFD Board of Directors, from 2000 to 2018.
Jason Ingle was honored as the Career Firefighter of the Year. Joe Cline was honored as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. And Nicky James was honored as the Officer of the Year.
Hunter Carpenter was recognized for making the most responses. And career firefighter Adam Smith and volunteer Jordan Cook were recognized for having the most training hours.
The Chief’s Awards went to Mark Carpenter, honored for his “Willingness to Serve During Critical Times,” and to Randy Beal, for completing 42 years of service.
Burgin told The Herald that he was proud of all of his firefighters serving the Boger City Fire Department.
“All of the members of the BCFD are valuable to the department and the community,” he said. “Throughout the year, there are occasions when a member has the opportunity to go above and beyond the normal call to duty. It’s usually a difficult decision to choose the recipients of the awards. Floyd Peeler was a very active volunteer firefighter. He was very dedicated to the BCFD over his 50 years of service. At one point, he served as chief for a year or two.
“Joe Cline is also very active,” Burgin continued. “He attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland in 2018, and he is also a member of the Lincoln County Swift Water Rescue Team. They were deployed to the North Carolina coast, back during one of the recent hurricane and flooding events.”
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