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Williston honors police, firefighters

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By The Staff

The City of Williston honored its police and firemen on Friday night at its annual banquet, held this year in the conference center at Williston Crossings.

Award recipients are nominated and elected by their peers in each department.

The police officer of the year is Kevin Sheppard.

Dispatcher of the year is Terry Maillis and civilian employee of the year is Wayne Carson, the Code Enforcement and Animal Control Officer. Jimmy Willis was honored as Auxiliary member of the year, and the Rev. Charles Caldwell as Distinguished Volunteer. Willis, who never misses a city event, was also awarded a certificate of appreciation by the fire department.

Pastor Willie Battles received the DW Moss Humanitarian Award and Todd Abare was presented a medal of commendation.

Chief Lamar Stegall honored all of the selfless men and women who serve the city as volunteer firefighters. Jonathen Bishop was named Firefighter of the Year.

Terry Maillis is civilian of the year; rookie of the year is Daniel Smith, and Lake Raymond was named most improved. The outstanding call award was given to Daniel Smith.

The Fire Department also presented certificates of appreciation to Darlene Stegall, Kelly Annotico, Tara Holcomb, B.J. Bishop, Judith McCarthy, Paula Sprague, Steve Holcomb, Steve Dibble and Jimmy Willis.

The annual dinner is funded by ticket sales and by generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community. This year's sponsors included Williston Crossings, Williston Tire, The Junction, Nature Coast Financial, Food Ranch Stores, Fast Cash and the Youth of the First United Methodist Church. The police and fire departments acknowledge these donations with gratitude.