Dan Fulscher, EMA director, made the presentations. He called forth
four people for commendation. These people were recognized for their
dedication to serving the community.
"This is the time of year
that we really enjoy," said Fulscher.
The first award given was a Special Merit for Outstanding
"We had two people that were volunteers that our committee, as we
were looking at this, it seemed like every time we turned around in
the community, they were involved," said Fulscher.
The Special Merit was awarded to Roy Logan and Marcia
Greenslate. These two volunteers are frequently seen at the
balloon festival, at any celebration for the city of Lincoln and at
the park district's gathering for the Fourth of July.
"They always do it with such a smile on their face," said
Fulscher. "People look at you (Logan and Greenslate) and they smile,
and they have a good time; and there is no doubt in our minds that
we are very proud to give Marcia and Roy this Special Merit Award."
Greenslate commented: "I can honestly say that I wasn't prepared.
When we were first invited by Dan to come, we looked at each other,
and we were like, 'What's that about?'" She also said that being
active in the community is big part of who they are.
Logan wasn't expecting it either. He said: "My first question
was, 'We're not in trouble are we?'"
The second award presented was the Larry Shroyer Award.
"This is for people in emergency management and emergency
services and the community who have dedicated their life to
emergency services," said Fulscher.
This year the award was given to two people.
The first of the recipients was John Bunner.
Bunner began his 35-year service in law enforcement in 1977, when
he joined the Lincoln Police Department. He was promoted to corporal
in 1982 and again to sergeant and detective in 1989. He retired from
the city police in 2006 and became a truant officer for the regional
superintendent of schools for the following year. Bunner was hired
by the Logan County Sheriff's Department as a lead detective in 2007
and is still employed there.
The sheriff often attends board meetings as part of security
A surprised Bunner said: "Sheriff Nichols told me to be here
tonight, and he didn't tell me anything about this. I do appreciate
this award and thank you very much."
The second recipient was Terry Storer.
Storer came to Lincoln in December of 1977. He was a paramedic
with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital from that point until
December 1999. He is also former adjunct faculty member at the
University of Illinois-Urbana. From 1995 through 2005, he worked as
a firefighter and paramedic with the Lincoln Rural Fire Protection
District. Storer joined the Logan County Emergency Management Agency
in December 2000 as deputy director and continues in that position.
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"Terry's probably the only person I know of who takes a pay cut
from paramedic to come work as assistant director," said Fulscher.
In 2004 and 2012, Storer led in the development of a state-level
homeland security plan. In 2004, Logan County was the first county
selected to run such a plan. Storer is the only individual in the
state of Illinois who has led such a development process twice.
"That is the benchmark that is being taught to the rest of the
people in Illinois," said Fulscher.
Storer is also in charge of the communications plan and the
hazard mitigations plan.
Fuslcher said he was surprised when he realized Storer's name was
not on the list of award recipients before this year.
"Talk about EMA 911's 'wind beneath the wings,'" said Fulscher.
In accepting his award, Storer said: "It's an honor. I've worked
with some great people. Logan County is fortunate because we've got
a group of volunteers throughout the county that give so much."
This award was first given in 2000 and is named for Larry Shroyer.
Shroyer was one of the men present when the Logan County Safety
Complex was opened and paid for, and he wrote one of the first
emergency management operation plans for the county.
Past recipients of the Larry Shroyer
2000 -- Carl Faith,
2001 -- Gene Bathe,
2002 -- Doug Dutz,
2003 -- Ernest
Jeckel, Warren Wendlandt
2004 -- Stan
Anderson, Mark Mann
2005 -- Jim Hubrich,
Robert "Bucky" Washam Jr.
2006 -- Dianne
Ruff, Norma Bathe
2007 -- Mike
Patridge, Steve Siltman
2008 -- Stuart
Erlenbush, Dick Logan
2009 -- Steve
2010 -- Rick Bacon,
2011 -- Barb Kline, Randy Conklen
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]