Firefighter Donald J. Ballard
Firefighter Donald J. Ballard received the Kevin M. Shea Participation Award at an Inspection and Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2012.
"This year's winner of the Kevin M. Shea Participation Award became an active firefighter in July 2005. Since joining, one can always see his name on signup sheets for special drills and work details. He has completed at least eighteen NYS firefighter training courses and approximately twenty-five seminars in that time span. He can always be counted on to assist the Fire Lieutenants in setting up drills and is always available when I have a special work detail that is scheduled at the last minute. He even fills in as my backup fryer man during fish fry season. During the past year, he responded to 221 out of 452 emergency calls and completed 42 weekly drills, to say nothing of the countless extra drills and courses that he has attended. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that he is a member of the Townwide FAST Team. Although he might not be the fastest firefighter that we have, he has the dedication and determination to someday take the training that he has acquired and put it to good use as a fire lieutenant (unless his sister beats him to it). So, join me in congratulating this year's winner of the Kevin M. Shea Particiapation Award: Donald J. Ballard."
Chief William H. Webb, Jr.