Klamath County Fire District No. 1 holds an Annual Employee Appreciation Dinner at the beginning of each year to honor members for the previous year. This event is an opportunity for the Fire District and the employees to honor one another. Employees nominate their peers for the following awards, prior to a final selection, committees review the nominations and pick the winners. These winners are kept secret until the night of the dinner.
Firefighter of the Year - Firefigher Wes Kleinjan
EMS Provider of the Year - Paramedic Renae Sweet
Warren Award - Information Technology Specialist Celeste Aldinger
The Warren Award is an honorary award named after Sam and Elsie Warren who have both been very active members of Klamath County Fire District No.1 since its inception back in 1948. Sam received the Firefighter of the Year award multiple times during his 35-years of dedicated service as a volunteer firefighter. Sam passed away in 2012. Elsie started working for the Fire District in 1960 as a secretary and retired in 1986 as an Administrative Assistant. She then continued to serve the Fire District on Board of Directors and the Budget Committee. She passed away in 2014. Both of the Warrens have been historically renowned for their dedicated service and participation in the development of the Fire District as it exists today. They exemplified true passion and dedication to the fire service.
Another highlight of the Employee Appreciation Dinner is the annual slideshow of photos.