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As part of the Lodge’s 2017-18 Officer Installation Ceremony on March 25th in the Lodge Room, outgoing Exalted Ruler Dan Greer presented framed certificates honoring Webb City 861’s Officer of the Year (for 2016-17), Elk of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Emergency Services Partner of the Year. Our Emergency Services Partner (“Hero of the Year”) for the 2016-17 fraternal year is Webb City Fire Chief Andrew W. Roughton. His nomination for this honor was submitted by Carl Francis, City Administrator/Police Chief. Nominees for 861’s “Hero of the Year” must be Firefighters, Pre-hospital Medical Technicians, First Responders, Law Enforcement Personnel, or Disaster Management Team Members. This award meritorious service, acts above and beyond the call of duty, reaching or surpassing career milestones, or personally elevating ‘public service’ to a higher plateau.In his letter of nomination, Carl wrote, “Andrew Roughton has worked very hard to deliver just those types of services to the citizens of Webb City through his leadership of the Webb City Fire Department. Chief Roughton began his career in public service in 1997 as an Emergency Medical Technician and followed that with becoming a Firefighter in 1999 with the City of Joplin. In 2008 he was hired as the Fire Inspector in Webb City. He was promoted to the position of Fire Chief in 2012. “Since becoming Chief, Andy has worked tirelessly to improve not only the fire service here within the city of Webb City, but has focused on community service within his entire department. He has his officers working with many community efforts such as donating time at Heritage Acres Playground, working with the Parks Department improving the Parks and other areas of the city, and countless hours helping with local charities such as the United Way Badges and Burgers and also the local Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with the American Cancer Society.
At any time now throughout the year you will see the Fire Department helping out anywhere they can, from spraying water on construction sites to reduce dust, to helping with set-up and security at Springtime on Broadway. “In addition to those community-wide efforts, the Fire Department has taken on additional responsibilities within the city to help out when they can. The F.D. does all the vinyl signage and markings on city vehicles such as Police, Fire Trucks and Public Works vehicles. They even complete equipment installs on all departments’ vehicles, saving countless amounts of money for other departments. “I believe it is for the above mentioned efforts, Andrew Roughton has demonstrated he has elevated Public Service to a higher plateau and would appreciate your consideration in this nomination.”
(Webb City Elks Lodge #861 Bugle April 2017)