Weimaster, Blundon Named Volunteers/Emergency Workers of the Year

By David Elliott
KRSL – March 28, 2018

Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board have announced the 2018 Volunteers/Emergency Workers of the Year as Dale Weimaster and Gary Blundon.

The awards were presented Tuesday evening at the Dream Theater in Russell during the National Weather Service Storm Fury on the Plains presentation.

This year, there were two nominations for Volunteer/Emergency Worker of the Year. The 911 Advisory Board awarded both nominees with the honor.

Weimaster has been a police patrolman all the way up to Police Chief of the City of Russell Police Department. He also started as a volunteer firefighter and serves as one of the Assistant Fire Chiefs for Russell-Grant Township Fire Department. He is also a member of the Russell Elks, past member of the Sons of the American Legion and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Part of his nomination letter states, “Dale is very supportive of his department and very team oriented, serving as an example for those who work with him. Dale seeks out professional development by attending several classes a year, so that he might better serve the citizens of Russell. With staff shortages, Dale has filled in to help his department and staff work through this difficult period. Dale exhibits the best traits one would expect from a first responder/emergency worker with the most noble being his selflessness and humility.”

Blundon has served on the Gorham Fire Department and now Russell-Grant Township FD for many years as a volunteer firefighter and is currently an Assistant Fire Chief.

“Gary is instrumental in ensuring the Russell-Grant Township fire equipment is in tip top shape,” according to the nomination letter.

He serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Russell County Prescribed Burn Association, which helps local land owners properly burn off their rangeland and CRP safely in prescribed burns. He is a trained storm spotter that puts himself in harm’s way during severe weather, is involved in the Russell FFA, Russell FFA Alumni, Russell Elks Lodge and Russell ISIS Shrine. He has also been involved in 4-H since he was young and continues to assist not only his children but many other 4-H youth.

According to a press release, “The 911 Advisory Board felt that each of these individuals were very deserving of this award. Each person could have received it on their own merit, but it was determined to give two awards this year. I am sure that the people that these two individuals have impacted are eternally grateful for the selfless acts that have not gone unnoticed. These individuals selected show the true spirit of volunteers, one who does for others without any strings attached and no matter the danger to themselves. That is why we of the 911 Advisory Board and Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management honor Police Chief Dale Weimaster and Assistant Fire Chief Gary Blundon for their service to Russell County.”

(Information courtesy Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board. Pictured: Russell/Ellsworth County Emergency Management Director Keith Haberer, Weimaster, Russell City Fire Chief Shane Preston representing the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board and Blundon.)


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