SWFD RECOGNIZES MEMBERS AT AWARDS CEREMONY (Santa Rosa Beach)- The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) held its 7th Annual Awards Ceremony on February 8, 2013 at the Timothy Padgett Park Facility. Fire Chief Rick Talbert presided over the awards ceremony as several SWFD members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in 2013 with over one-hundred SWFD members and family in attendance. Among some of the award recipients were: Fire Fighter of the Year-Sergeant, Chris Kidder. Robert Heighton Lifesaving Award- Lt. Eric Lang, Sgt. Charlee Lanier, FF/ Paramedic Kate Christenson, FF/ Paramedic Chris Powell, FF/ Paramedic Matt Cramer. Lifeguard of the Year- Nick Dorado. Rookie Lifeguard of the Year- Alex Winkler. Fire Chief’s Award- Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director. Communications Operator of the Year- Dave Swift. Overall there were more than 50 awards presented. Congratulations to all of SWFD 2013 Award Recipients.