State Rep. Katie Stuart, R-Edwardsville, saluted members of the Collinsville Fire Department who have received awards for bravery and heroism in the line of duty during 2021. The Collinsville Fire Department is receiving the Unit Citation (Group) award, and Firefighter/Paramedic Colin Fuhrmann is receiving the Medal of Valor.
“We all sleep soundly at night knowing that valiant and selfless first responders, exemplified by the firefighters being honored with these awards, are on watch,” said Stuart. “Illinois’ first responders are all heroes, and these incredible individuals are no exception.”
The Medal of Valor is given to a firefighter for an act of heroism or bravery that clearly demonstrated courage and dedication in the face of danger above and beyond the call of duty, at extreme personal risk and having been instrumental in rescuing and saving another person’s life. It is the highest award given to firefighters by the State of Illinois.
The other members of the Collinsville Fire Department being awarded the Unit Citation are: Lt. Chris Castens, Lt. Frank Arnold, Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Wilderman, Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Gulledge, Firefighter/Paramedic John Canull, Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Verner, Firefighter Eric Freeman, and Firefighter David Badgett.
“Our first responders are always there for us when we need them, and today I call on all Illinoisans to join me as I reaffirm my commitment to supporting and advocating for first responders in return,” said Stuart. “I am proud to represent such people in our state’s government, and today I salute them as they receive well deserved recognition. To the awardees: Thank you, and may you all stay safe and well.”
The firefighters will be honored at the 29th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Award Ceremony, being held Tuesday, May 10, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, IL.