|Lt. Bob Mikulski, officer of the year, center, is shown with Lee Whitehurst, left, and Chief Byron Teates. (provided photo)|
|Firefighter of the year Adam McDaniel, center, with Lee Whitehurst and Byron Teates. (provided photo)|
|Rookie of the year Josh Dillard, right, with Lee Whitehurst. (provided photo)|
LAKEWOOD RANCH — The East Manatee Fire Rescue District announces the following promotions today: firefighter III Scott Rhodes to engineer, engineer Shawn Battick to lieutenant, engineer Erik Nicholson to lieutenant, and captain Will Hall to battalion chief.
Also announced: Rookie of the Year - Josh Dillard, firefighters of the year - David Manning and Adam McDaniel, and fire officer of the Year - Lt. Bob Mikulski.
Service awards were presented to Lt. Luke Fay - 10 years, Lt. Matt Talaska - 15 years, Training Officer Tim Hyden - 20 years; Lt. Noreen Hollman - 25 years; Division Chief Richard Kirby - 30 years.
Certificates of appreciation to district employees for excelling in their areas of responsibility were awarded to Rob Day, Casey Lambert, Matt Talaska, Andrew Stark, Eric Hoying, and Kyle Taylor.
|Firefighter of the year Dave Manning, center, with Lee Whitehurst, left, and Chief Bryron Teates. (provided photo)|