Thank You, Fire Station 53

 

Written by Shad West

Published February 28, 2007

 

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Lt. Col. Paul Brady, left, flanked by Maj. Pete Adams, both of the 211th Aviation, addresses the West Jordan City Council Feb. 6.

Photo by 1st Lt. Deborah Gatrell

Lt. Col. Paul Brady, left, flanked by Maj. Pete Adams, both of the

211th Aviation, addresses the West Jordan City Council Feb. 6.

WEST JORDAN, Utah — When Airport No. 2 lost its crash rescue team a few years ago, it left the Utah National Guard’s 211th Aviation looking off the tarmac for support. The Blackhawk battalion found the support it needed from the West Jordan Fire Department.


On Feb. 6 the aviators officially thanked the city and its fire department for their support during a city council meeting.
At the ceremony, MAJ Pete Adams, executive officer for 2nd Battalion of the 211th, presented Fire Chief Brad Wardle with a token of appreciation for the station’s support of the unit’s training events for the past two years.


“What they have done (Station 53) is gone above and beyond,” Adams said. “We no longer have a crash rescue team here at the airport. So we have relied on them, we have trained with them. We have built a great relationship with them and want to continue that relationship.”


Adams presented Wardle and Station 53 with a plaque and a letter to show the Guard’s appreciation.


“The professionalism that your team display[s] and provide[s] us with the utmost confidence in your ability to respond,” wrote Adams in the letter. “Like firefighters, aviators assume a significant risk every time we do our job. Knowing that . . . the West Jordan City Fire Department is there . . . gives us the confidence to maximize our training efforts.”


 

Also present at the ceremony was West Jordan Mayor David Newton. He expressed appreciation for the Guard’s presence in his community.
 

West Jordan Fire Chief Brad Wardle, right, receives plaque of appreciation from Maj. Pete Adams of the 211th Aviation.

Photo by 1st Lt. Deborah Gatrell

West Jordan Fire Chief Brad Wardle, right, receives plaque

of appreciation from Maj. Pete Adams of the 211th Aviation.

“We are very pleased to have the Guard in our city,” Newton said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our fire department to train with the Guard. We are more than pleased to work with them, and they are absolutely great neighbors.”


While the majority of firefighter support has been with crash rescue training, Adams said the fire department has also honored some of the unit’s retirees during their final flights. The West Jordan Fire Department has participated in cross-cannon water salutes—firing water from their engines over the helicopters as they landed. Cross- cannon water salutes have been a long-standing military tradition for retiring aviators in all branches of the Armed Forces.


“They have been real gracious to work with us, even on short notice,” Adams said. We wanted to thank them in a public manner; we wanted the community to know how much their fire department has done for us.”