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Dozens of first responders were honored today for their bravery and loyalty to the community.

It all happened inside the City Council Chambers for the Public Safety Recognition Ceremony.

Fire Chief Larry Helms and Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger say they are beyond proud of their men and women for the work they do in the community.

Leadership, Integrity, Professionalism, Courage, Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Service, and Loyalty: those are the core values that Chief Schwertfeger says represent the men and women of the Wheeling Police and Fire Departments.

Many Policemen were recognized for community service, the Medal of Merit, community appreciation, and many others. Patrolman First Class Kevin Kuca was named 2018 Officer of the Year.

“I like helping the public,” said Kuca. “Being recognized by the supervisors and the guys I work with, the supervisors nominate us so it’s a great feeling to be recognized by our supervisors.”

The Wheeling Fire Department highlighted some milestones – from 5 all the way to 40 years of service.
Chief Helms also recognized the new hires, promotions, commendations, and civilian commendations.
Asst. Chief Edward Geisel Sr. was also names 2018 Firefighter of the year.

“It’s definitely an honor, but honestly I can accept this for myself but for the department as a whole because what I did our guys do quite often.”

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Public Ceremony

MERITORIOUS PERFORMANCE

Sgt. Josh Raddish

Sgt. Russ Campbell

Cpl. Rob Safreed

Cpl. Jason Martin

Cpl. Sean Brantley

Pfc. Robert Scott

Pfc. Ryan Moore

Pfc. Kevin Kuca

MEDAL OF MERIT

Deputy Chief Martin Kimball

Lt. William Noice

Sgt. Doug Howell Sgt. Josh Sanders

Sgt. Jonathan Stipetich

Sgt. Rick Robbins

Sgt. Russ Campbell

Cpl. Jason Hupp

Pfc. Kevin Kuca

Judy Winesburg (WPD NAV)

Craig Collins (WPD NAV)

Tom Miller (WPD NAV)

Jody Miller (WPD NAV)

Jackie McGlumphy (WPD NAV)

Becky Gentle (WPD NAV)

Rhonda Tysk (WPD NAV)

Stephanie Whipkey (WPD NAV)

Susan Downing (WPD NAV)

NEW HIRES

Kevin Cowan

Scott Page

Josh Bolyard

Robert Kovalyk

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Cpl. Sean Brantley

Pfc. Ryan Moore

COMMUNITY APPRECIATION

Ginny Favede & Bengy Swanson

Phil Carl & Warwood Media

WV Division of Corrections

LIFESAVING

Pfc. John McKenzie

Ptlm. Korey Recinella

COMMENDATION

Pfc. Robert Agostino Ptlm. Korey Recinella

Craig Collins (WPD NAV)

CHIEF’S EAGLE AWARD

Cpl. Ryan Ferrell

Pfc. Robert Agostino

Pfc. Kevin Kuca

PROMOTIONS

Sgt. Marcus Narehood

Cpl. Brent Ruby

Cpl. Bryan Wilson

Cpl. Erick Burke

Cpl. Daniel Holmes

Cpl. Jason Hupp

Pfc. Gage Parker

Pfc. Cody Schwertfeger

RETIREMENT

Sgt. William Criswell – 23 years

2018 Officer of the Year

Patrolman First Class Kevin Kuca

WHEELING FIRE DEPARTMENT Public Safety Ceremony

MILESTONES

Asst. Chief Larry Murphy – 40 years

Asst. Chief Tony Campbell – 40 years

Fire Engineer Chris Kreitzer – 40 years

Capt. Carl Mueller – 35 years

Capt. Dave Barker -30 years

Capt. Deric Jamison – 25 years

Capt. Bill Ulrich – 25 years

Fire Engineer Tim Stoffer- 25 years

Capt. Bernard Davidson -20 years

Lt. Clint Landis – 20 years

Fire Engineer Todd Shelek – 20 years

Fire Engineer Alex Cottrell – 20 years

Capt. Greg Funari – 15 years

Lt. Matt Bickler – 15 years

Fire Engineer Bill Fedorko – 15 years

Fire Engineer Toby Bachman – 15 years

Lt. Bob Heldreth – 10 years

Lt. Chad Baker – 10 years

Lt. Eric Touvelle – 10 years

Fire Engineer John Treiber – 10 years

Fire Engineer Chuck Ransom – 10years

Fire Engineer Frank Zambito – 10 years

Fire Engineer Nate Vapner – 10 years

Fire Engineer Tom Haluscak – 10 years

Fire Engineer Tom McKenzie – 10 years

Fire Engineer Dennis VanKirk – 5 years

Firefighter Chris Haney – 5 years

PROMOTIONS

Capt. Bernard Davidson

Capt. Greg Funari

Lt. Bob Heldreth

Lt. Eric Touvelle

Lt. Chad Baker

Fire Engineer Donald Costello

Fire Engineer Clayton Dietrich

Fire Engineer Michael Clawson

NEW HIRES

Nick Carson

Justin Bull

Tristan Pace

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Asst. Chief Ed Geisel, Sr.

COMMENDATIONS

Asst. Chief Tony Campbell

Asst. Chief Ed Geisel

Asst. Chief Jim Blazier

Capt. Winston West

Capt. Dave Harmon

Capt. Paul McIntire

Capt. Deric Jamison

Capt. Bernard Davidson

Lt. Jason Milton

Lt. Jay Anders

Lt. Eric Touvelle

Lt. Ed Geisel, Jr.

Lt. Steve Moore

Lt. Phil Saseen

Lt. Bill Wagner

Fire Engineer Chuck Ransom

Fire Engineer Donald Costello

Fire Engineer Seth Mowder

Fire Engineer Alex Cottrell

Fire Engineer Dave Schaffer

Fire Engineer Toby Bachman

Fire Engineer Chris Kreitzer

Fire Engineer Mike Haney

Fire Engineer James Carrington

Firefighter Dan Hughes

Firefighter Tristan Pace

Firefighter Mark Schimnoski

Firefighter Rob Waldron

Firefighter Sam Hicks

Firefighter Niko Kefauver

Firefighter Trevor Sebring

Firefighter Curt Jerome

Firefighter Kody Geisel

Firefighter Josh Berka

Firefighter Brittany Hoffman

CIVILIAN COMMENDATIONS

Tyler Harto – McColloch Street Fire

Zachary Herron – 2017 Flash Flood

Scott Himrod – 911 Dispatch

Mark Scherrer – 911 Dispatch

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