Fire agency honors members

Posted: October 12, 2013

Star staff report

WINCHESTER — Frederick County Fire and Rescue recognized three of its members during a recent appreciation picnic.

Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Chester Lauck and Pamela Keeler, of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, were presented Volunteer of the Year awards.

Specialist Jodi Jones received the Career Firefighter of the Year Award.

“Chief Lauck has been part of a volunteer fire department since the young age of 14,” said Lt. Jeremy Lauck, who nominated the chief. “He has held many ranks from a fireman all the way to the battalion chief of Special Operations at [the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority].”

Jeremy Lauck wrote that the chief has been instrumental in securing grants, according to a Friday media release from Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

Chester Lauck is the deputy emergency management coordinator for Frederick County Fire and Rescue, and has held the chief position in Round Hill for six years.

He retired from the MWAA in 2007 after serving more than 20 years as a federal firefighter.

Keeler is the rescue lieutenant and treasurer for Greenwood.

She also is the supplies coordinator for emergency medical services, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructor and a board of directors member and treasurer of the Lord Fairfax EMS Council, according to the release.

Keeler has been a fire and rescue volunteer since she was 18.

Jones was nominated by Capt. Keith Jenkins for her commitment and work on planning and mapping for the Lutheran Home at Orchard Ridge.

The plans she developed are being used for training to familiarize crews with the complex, according to the release.

“I know the work that she and her coworkers have performed will ensure safe operations for our crews and the safety of our public we are sworn to protect,” Jenkins stated in the release.

Jones has been with Frederick County Fire and Rescue for 12 years. She is a certified medic, Advanced Life Support preceptor, fire instructor and infection control officer.

She also has drafted a Pregnancy and Reproductive Health Plan (pending approval), which details policies and procedures to follow should a female firefighter become pregnant.

“When we are well prepared, we are then able to provide better customer service to the citizens when an emergency does arise,” Jones said in the release, adding that she thrives on preparedness.

She was also the employee of the month for October and was recognized by the Frederick County Board of Supervisors this week.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com