Awards & Commendations

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Award of Valor

Awarded by the Orland Fire Protection District

Instructor of the Year AwardThe Award of Valor is given for an act of heroism that clearly demonstrates courage and dedication in the face of danger while in the performance of a duty. Through Lieutenant Vassio’s experience, knowledge, dedication, and courage, he was able to quickly rescue a victim in extreme conditions, without regard to his own safety.

On September 13th, during a house fire on Aspen Street, Lt. Vassios was on Engine 5 (the first fire company on the scene) and, while performing his 360 of the fire building, it was reported that a victim was spotted through a back bedroom window…. Read More »

Unit Commendations & Unit Citations

Awarded by the Orland Fire Protection District

Unit Commendations & Unit CitationsCrews received awards with regard to a 9-13-14 Aspen Street house fire in which crews responded exceptionally. Battalion Chief Bonnar explained that through the coordinated efforts of an OFPD off-duty Lieutenant (Bill Leddin) and the Orland Park Police Department, along with the first arriving companies on the scene, the victim was removed from the fire within six minutes of the original call and the fire was under control in 10 minutes. View Gallery »

“Instructor of the Year”

Awarded by Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors

Instructor of the Year AwardThe Orland Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Lieutenant Dave Piper has been chosen as the Instructor of the Year through the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. This is a tremendous honor that puts Lieutenant Piper in an elite group of past recipients and firefighters that have excelled in the advancement of education and training throughout the State of Illinois. It takes a special person that is filled with drive and a willingness to accept personal sacrifice to help others all in the name of professional development. Lieutenant Piper has worked very hard for each and everyone at the Orland Fire Protection District, as well as impacting firefighters throughout the region and state. Lieutenant Piper was awarded this honor in October at the Fire Chief/Instructor Conference in Peoria.

“Supervisor of the Year”

Awarded by Illinois APCO

Supervisor of the Year AwardThe Orland Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Communications Supervisor William “Stuey” Neumann has been awarded the Supervisor of the Year for 2013 by Illinois APCO, the agency providing standards and oversight for communication centers. The awards recognize individuals who perform in an outstanding manner throughout the year. This award honors the “best of the best”- those who peers consider to be the leaders based on many aspects in many areas.

William has worked at the Orland Fire District since 2001. He was promoted to Supervisor in 2006, and most recently to Director of Communications in 2013. As Director of Communications he manages all of the communication needs of the OFPD and all the day-to-day operations of the 9-1-1 Center. His involvement with MABAS 19, 22 and 24 is instrumental in effective communications.