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Friday, August 29, 2014





From:              Chief Brian Goss                                
Date:               August 28, 2014
Subject:          Press Release:  Annual Awards Ceremony


The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department held its annual awards picnic at River Park on Saturday.  The annual event provides an opportunity to recognize dedicated service, unique contributions, and outstanding achievements over the course of the previous year.  Award recipients are nominated by their peers, and those recommendations are evaluated by a committee representing all ranks in the department.

  • Captain David Harber, Lt. Derek Hyde, Engineers Jerrod Hawkins, Chris Shore, Daniel Hillis, Jason Pierce, and Andy Frye received Medical Service Awards. The award is presented to crews whose actions in a critical situation directly contributed to the saving of a life.  

  • Distinguished Service Awards were presented to individuals who have completed 5, 10, 15, or 20 years of service. Recipients were as follows: 
    •  5 Years: FF Scott Barnes, Engineer Toben Nelson, Engineer Jay Williams
    • 10 Years: Admin Asst. Robin Forte, Engineer Larry Ritchie, FF Katie Williams
    • 15 Years: Lt. Neal Menanno
    • 20 Years: FF Dough Goddard 
  • A Civic Award was presented to Firefighter Josh Smith for his work in organizing the 911 Stair Climb in Nashville to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In addition to coordinating the local climb, Josh has traveled throughout the country to assist other cities planning similar events. 
 L to R; Fire Chief Brian Goss, Firefighter Josh Smith

  • Brentwood resident and Brentwood Country Club lifeguard Kendall Gorman was presented with a Citizens Valor Award for her role in rescuing a child from the country club’s pool on Memorial Day. Shortly after starting her shift, Kendall noticed a child who appeared to be standing on the bottom of the pool. She blew her whistle, entered the water, and brought the young boy to shore with the assistance of lifeguard Jack Holleran. Shortly after being brought to the surface, the child began breathing again and was transported to Vanderbilt Pediatric Center for evaluation where he was released a short time later. Kendall is the daughter of Brentwood City Commissioner Mark and Marci Gorman.

L to R; Captain David Harber (Awards Committee Chairman), Kendall Gorman, Fire Chief Brian Goss

  • Finally, Firefighter Doug Goddard was recognized as Brentwood’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Doug retired in July after a distinguished 28-year career with the City; eight (8) years as a 911 dispatcher and twenty (20) years as a firefighter. Doug received the largest number of nominations in the history of the FF of the Year award. His dedication, positive attitude, and steadfast professionalism will be sorely missed.