December 15, 2021

 

Newberry City Council recognized city staff members Tuesday for various achievements and milestones.

Council recognized Captain Gene Shealy with the Newberry Fire Department as he was recently honored as the School District of Newberry County’s first honorary inductee of the National Technical Honor Society for his hard work, mentorship and dedication to the Newberry County Career Center’s Emergency and Fire Management Program.

Also honored were Captain Brian Beck, Engineer Michael Parker and Firefighter Malik Gibson as they were awarded the Commendation Bar/Unit Commendation award for actions regarding service rendered on an emergency call in the City of Newberry earlier this year.

Mayor Foster Senn said that the Commendation Medal/Commendation Bar was awarded to a member of the department for a credible act in the line of duty which was commendable in nature and displayed admirable initiative and accomplishment. The Unit Commendation is awarded to those who have performed service to the department in a highly commendable manner.

Fire Chief Keith Minick said these gentlemen acted with a lot of courage and compassion during this call, performing their medical first aid and CPR until EMS arrived. Minick said they were proud of their hard work and dedication of what they do, not only to fight fires, but also in the area of mutual aid to help the city’s citizens.

“We’re proud of the hard work and dedication of what they do, not only to fight fires, but also in the first aid and medical field to help our citizens,” Minick said.

Shealy was also recognized along with Engineer Michael Parker for receiving the lifesaving award as their actions on a call earlier this year resulted in saving a life. To receive the lifesaving medal, the firefighter must be a member of the department who is principally involved in saving the life of another person and whose personal actions were directly responsible for the lifesaving act.

Senn commended the fire department on their variety of skills within their department that extended past firefighting.

The city’s finance department was also recognized by council for receiving the Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the twenty-eighth year in a row. The award is presented annually by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States to those governments that have achieved the highest standards of perfection in their accounting procedures.

Senn said there were very few municipalities in the United States that achieved this level of competency, and that council was proud of the department and to receive this award. 

 Council recognized Captain Gene Shealy with the Newberry Fire Department as he was recently honored as the School District of Newberry County’s first honorary inductee of the National Technical Honor Society. From left to right: Councilman Lemont Glasgow, Mayor Foster Senn, Gene Shealy, and Fire Chief Keith Minick. 

 Captain Brian Beck, Engineer Michael Parker and Firefighter Malik Gibson were awarded the Commendation Bar/Unit Commendation award for actions regarding service rendered on an emergency call in the City of Newberry earlier this year. From left to right: Councilman Lemont Glasgow, Mayor Foster Senn, Malik Gibson, Brian Beck, Michael Parker and Fire Chief Keith Minick.

 Gene Shealy was recognized along with Engineer Michael Parker for receiving the lifesaving award as their actions on a call earlier this year resulted in saving a life. From left to right: Councilman Lemont Glasgow, Mayor Foster Senn, Michael Parker, Gene Shealy, Fire Chief Keith Minick.

 The city’s finance department was also recognized by council for receiving the Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the twenty-eighth year in a row. From left to right: Councilman Lemont Glasgow, Assistant Finance Director Taylor Jackson, Finance Director Shannon Smith, Mayor Foster Senn.