TROY - The Troy Volunteer Fire Department honored the tireless contributions and dedicated service of its members recently as it held its annual awards banquet.

"I think you've done a good job," Fire Chief Roy Vargson told Larry Hall, president of the fire company, upon presenting him the Firefighter of the Year Award.

Hall was given a standing ovation from fire department members and many others in the community, who showed up at the social hall on Saturday evening to tip their hats to all the honorees.

Vargson said selecting the Firefighter of the Year gets harder each year, because everyone in the fire department does such an excellent job.

The awards were in honor of the firefighters' service during the last full firefighters' year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.

Vargson commended Hall for his response at an accident on Nov. 5, 2011 on Coryland Road in Columbia Township.

According to Vargson, the award honored the way Hall handled the situation, which Vargson described as "tough," due to younger children being involved in the crash.

Priscilla Knapp was given the award for Fire Member of the Year.

Vargson said Knapp "helps get things done," is a "go-getter," and "is always willing to do things."

She was also given a standing ovation.

Knapp is the treasurer of the Troy Fireman's Auxiliary. She has been instrumental with the spaghetti dinner fundraisers.

The Dan Paris Memorial Award went to Jim Mosier. It goes to someone who has just joined the department, and shows an interest in participating.

Ken Parmenter was honored for the Most Points, at 579.

Many other people were recognized as well.

Several guests attending the event offered words of gratitude to the fire department, including Troy Township Supervisor Don Jenkins and Roy Cummings, president of Barefoot Pellet.

The fire department responded to a fire at Barefoot Pellet this month, and to another fire that destroyed the Troy Township Building last year.

Troy Police Chief Jarvis Burlingame's gratitude to the fire department was acknowledged.

Among the many others attending from the community were members of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department, state Rep. Matt Baker, and county commissioner Daryl Miller.

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