Livermore Fire Protection District recognized volunteers of the department during its ninth annual Appreciation Dinner held Nov. 19.

Former chiefs were recognized and recently retired chief Deb Payne presented the new chief, Gaius (Gay) Reynolds, with a gold badge. Reynolds, who also received the Firefighter of the Year award, accepted the position of chief in May, 2011.

Former chiefs Deb Payne and Larry Peterson and assistant chiefs Ralph Payne and Jerry Lang received retirement plaques. Joel Funk, Josh Auch, Eddie Taylor, Kevin Serviss, and Charlie Weichert received firefighter pins. EMT pins were awarded to Josh Auch, Todd Powers, and Matt Herrington. Kevin Serviss received his pin for two years of service. Deb and Ralph Payne received pins for five years of service.

LFPD is a volunteer fire department that covers over 320 square miles including its only two paved roads — Highway 287 and County Road 74E. The LFPD volunteers not only responds to medical and fire reports in the district, but also to severe accidents that occur on a twenty-five mile stretch of Highway 287 from the Wyoming border to LaPorte — often caring for victims in sub-zero temperatures.

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