by Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
Several Grand Island firefighters were recently recognized for a lifetime of significant community service accomplishments during a Saturday evening event at Grand Island Fire Co. headquarters.
GIFC President Tammy Gorman and Chief Kevin Koch commended Danny McMahon for 50 years of service within the GIFC, which included terms as a firematic officer, an original paramedic, member of the board of directors, financial offices, and 14 and a half years as supervisor of communications. Nevertheless, McMahon commented in reflection that he wasn't sure where he would fit in when he first entered the fire service, but always appreciated the opportunity he was given to serve and protect. It is quite clear that he more than exceeded everyone's expectations.
Norm Mrkall I and Bill Weis were also singled out for their combined total of 92 years of outstanding service to the community. Both of these highly respected individuals served on the board of directors, which guided the GIFC through its formative years with the utmost regard for fiscal responsibility. Their input is considered a major factor in the GIFC's successful advancements to date.
In addition, Assistant Chief Chris Soluri received 15 years of service recognition, which he was unable to accept previously. Life member Jack Hugill received a 35-year service award for his long-term dedication to the GIFC.