city mayor presents awards for community service
March 16, 2009 | BRIGHAM CITY -- Nice guys certainly
don't finish last in Brigham City, as demonstrated when
awards were presented to citizens for outstanding contribution
and service in the community.
Mayor Lou Ann Christensen gave three awards at the
beginning of the City Council meeting recently to deserving
individuals and teams, saying this was one of her favorite
parts of her job.
An Everyday Hero award was presented to the Youth
Volunteer Council of Brigham City. Christensen said
they earned this award because this "army of youth volunteers
takes on projects of all kinds" which have included
work with the Fine Arts Center, Peach Days, the senior
center and the museum.
Ambassador awards are given out twice a year and are
chosen from other awards the mayor gives out during
the year, Christensen said. The individual Ambassador
award was given to Sergeant Kurt Fertig of the Brigham
City Police Department. Christensen said he was the
sergeant who rescued a mother and her 6-year-old son
from their apartment above the Bott Monument building
when it caught fire on Aug. 26 last year.
"I didn't feel like I had done much," Fertig said
in accepting the award. "Thank you to all of you, that's
The team Ambassador award was given to Brigham City
police officers Josh Carr, John Stanford and Chad Panter.
When Matt Jaramillo opened fire in the City Hall parking
lot on Feb. 12, 2008, it was thanks to these officers,
with the assistance of a Box Elder County Sherriff's
deputy, that the incident was resolved.
"You never imagine the outcome of these situations.
It falls back to muscle memory and training." Officer
Josh Carr said, acting as the group's spokesperson.
"I accredit it to the training through the Brigham City
Police Department. Thanks to Brigham City and the police
department for their support."
In other delegation, the city council approved a request
from Youth Volunteer Council to designate $5,900 of
their money that is in the State Treasury Fund to two
$250 scholarships per year until the money is gone.
They also approved the designation of a Downtown Cultural
District proposed by Beth Gurrister of the Heritage
and Cultural Arts advisory board.
In new business, Jim Buchanan, Brigham City fire marshal,
requested approval of revisions to the fire division
bylaws to include things like signing rolls and prohibiting
alcohol and non-prescription drugs on premises and approval
of revisions to the ambulance division policies and
procedures to be in compliance with all city policies.
Buchanan said these requests had already been approved
by the mayor, the city administrator and the city attorney.
The requests were approved by the city council.