The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department announced today that Captain Joe Lind was named 2019 employee of the year.
In a limited in-person awards ceremony, CDA Fire honored their staff and community. The awards ceremony was initially slated for March of 2020 but was canceled due to COVID-19.
“Joe is incredibly knowledgeable, is a great mentor, is very easy to work with, constantly
encourages professional growth and is an integral part of CDAFD arriving on scene to solve
problems and make someone’s day a lot better,” one nomination letter stated.
Firefighters Greg Thaxton, Erik Loney, Chris Kieres, Max McCormick, and Ben Kaiser were awarded the 1,000 Call Club. Ben Kaiser was also awarded the Ironman Award for responding to the largest number of emergency calls for the year, 1,185, a new department record.
Blaine Porter, Niko Caballero, Travis Georgius, Matt Glenn, Max McCormick,
Christopher Pickett, Ryan Whitelaw, Brian Judge, Cody Moore, Scott and Ashley Ansel, Dr. April Sherman, Nicole Keltner, Brian Rhead, and Corey Oscarson also received awards.
“Our guys do not do this job for credit or accolades, and they do amazing things every day in our community," Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel said. "But it is very important that we take the time to recognize some of the exceptional things they do.”