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Mason City Fire Department welcomes new personnel

Mason City Fire Department welcomes new personnel

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Mason City Fire Department held a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday at the fire station.

MCFD swearing in

(Left to right) Deputy Chief of EMT Carl Ginapp, along with firefighters/EMTs Austin Thompson, Kaitlyn Shirk, and Hunter Schmidt were sworn into service with the Mason City Fire Department at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Firefighters/EMTs Austin Thompson, Kaitlyn Shirk, and Hunter Schmidt were welcomed to the department, and Department Lt. Carl Ginapp was sworn into his new role as Deputy Chief of EMT.

The hiring of the firefighters was funded by the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, which was awarded to MCFD by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Ginapp fills the position previously held by Deputy Chief of EMS Dave Johnson, who retired from his post in December.

Those who come when called: North Iowa first responders

We never know how much we need them until they're called to duty. And that's the way first responders like it.

The Globe Gazette honored 10 first responders on Wednesday night, October 23, at Mason City Ford for their exceptional dedication to serving others. They were selected from nominations sent in by members of the public whose lives were touched by these first responders in their times of need.

The honorees, whose profiles are collected here, are law enforcement officers Ken Rodemeyer, Brian Koob and Dan Nelson; firefighters Scott Hagenson and Greg Nicholas Jr.; and EMTs Jamie Stanbrough, Deb Heidenwirth, Matthew Retz, Dave Luett and Jim Reed.

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We never know how much we need them until they're called to duty.

And that's the way first responders like it.

The Globe Gazette honored 10 first responders on Wednesday night at Mason City Ford for their exceptional dedication to serving others.

The 10 honorees were selected from nominations sent in by people whose lives were touched by a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT. Each were presented an award by Globe Gazette staff and a bag of gifts. 

The honorees are law enforcement officers Ken Rodemeyer, Brian Koob and Dan Nelson; firefighters Scott Hagenson and Greg Nicholas Jr.; and EMTs Jamie Stanbrough, Deb Heidenwirth, Matthew Retz, Dave Luett and Jim Reed.

Lisa Grouette is a Photographer/Breaking News Reporter for the Globe Gazette. Contact Lisa at 641-421-0525 or lisa.grouette@globegazette.com.

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