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Riley County Fire District No 1

Posted on: January 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department Honors Volunteers at Annual Banquet

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We held our annual awards banquet at Pottorf Hall on Saturday, January 21st. Volunteers and retirees were invited to enjoy a meal together, share door prizes, play games, and celebrate accomplishments. 

In 2022, volunteers received a total of 710 calls for service. Rescue and emergency medical service calls represented more than half that number, while fires were about 24% of the total. Major incidents included 4 wildfires in April, an overturned cattle trailer in July, and several structure fires. We're proud of all the good work accomplished by these incredible volunteers!

Award Winners

Harold Bellman Award

Alan Riniker (Dave Russell accepted the award on his behalf)

Outstanding Rookie of the Year

Tanner Williams

Member Growth Award

Janie Dunstan

Outstanding Member Award

Jake Konrady

Honorable Mentions

Galen Fink and Family

Logan Linenberger

Brendan Parsons

Eric Peck

Harwood Shawver

Community Support Award

Blueville Nursery, Inc.

Riley County is proud to have the state's largest consolidated volunteer fire department, with 120 active members. Additional volunteers are always needed, and you can find more information about joining the department online at or by calling the office at (785) 537-6333 during regular business hours.

If you’re a current or retired volunteer and missed the invitation, please call us to make sure we have your updated contact info on file. 

We also want to say a special thanks to the companies who helped by donating prizes and sponsoring the event:

  • Blueville Nursery, Inc.
  • Conrad Fire Equipment
  • Dave Lewis Entertainment
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Field Fire 
  • Great Western States Supply
  • Purple Wave Auction
  • Riley State Bank
  • Weis Fire & Safety Equipment

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