FAIRFIELD — A Night of Honor recognized 16 firefighters Friday in Solano County – including a Suisun Fire Protection District firefighter who is getting married Saturday – in the annual firefighters of the year event sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the county.
Firefighter Kyle English, 21, attended the event with his fiancée Brittany Moshier after the couple’s rehearsal dinner Thursday and before their wedding Saturday in Vacaville.
English, firefighter of the year for the Suisun district, responded to 217 requests for emergency service and is taking classes to become an engineer for the fire district. He was congratulated for his dedication to firefighting and for his wedding.
Members of the Suisun City Fire Department selected driver-operator Mathew Echevarria as firefighter of the year for his dedication and hard work – the second time he was won the award.
Special Operations Chief Glen Munn for the Travis Air Force Base Fire Department was honored Friday. He led a high-angle rescue for a person trapped in a communications tower and responded to four hazardous materials incidents in the Solano County, including an overturned ACE hardware truck in Vallejo and a white powder incident in Vacaville.
He also supported local and base law enforcement when an armed suspect pursued by police ended up at the main gate for Travis.
Charles Murray, logistics officer for the Travis fire department, was also honored. He responded to a Freon explosion in Vallejo, a massive vehicle fire that involved hazardous materials and was a staging officer for a 1,000-acre wildland fire.
Phil Bailey, named firefighter of the year for the Fairfield Fire Department, began as a volunteer in 1996 and was later hired full-time. He has volunteered to speak to outside fire agencies about the Tennessee Street Fire in Fairfield. He visited the Wisconsin factory where the Fairfield department’s two new fire trucks were to be built.
Nick Rubin, who began as an Explorer in 2007 and received the field portion of his paramedic’s license in 2013, was named reserve firefighter of the year for the Fairfield Fire Department. He was one of the first reserves to complete all training required by the reserve program.
He returned in 2013 from an out-of-state family vacation to attend a mandatory training class for reserves.
The event noted that 107 firefighters died on duty in the United States last year, including the firefighters killed June 30 by a wildfire in Arizona.
The Night of Honor took place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield.
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