Powderly Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Justin Claypool and Trace Bussell were recognized by their peers Monday night and received awards for their service and dedication to the community.
Claypool was awarded Powderly Volunteer Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year, while Trace received First Responder of the Year.
“Both of these awards were voted on by their peers,” Powderly Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Bussell said, “which tells you a lot about the respect they have, and Justin leads the way.”
Roger said Claypool has served his first year as an officer lieutenant with Powderly Volunteer Fire Department, and “has shown incredible leadership, dedication and more to the service of our community.”
Trace, Roger’s 21-year-old son, was among the many firefighters from the Paris and Lamar County area who assisted in the devastating California wildfires back in September.
“He has been a member for six years and shows just unrelenting dedication,” Roger said. “In 2020, up until the end of November, we have had 420 calls for service. Trace has responded to 335 of them. He’s dedicated and committed to serving the community.”
Roger said he is proud of both Trace and Claypool for their community dedication.
“They represent our department well — character, integrity and their commitment to service,” Roger said. “I’m really proud to see these guys step up and perform the way they have, and then for them to be recognized by their peers.”
Roger said the awards are presented yearly and members vote on those who, “exemplify leadership and commitment to our department and our community.”
Roger said this is not the first time for Claypool and Trace to receive these awards.