Recognizing community servants


Firefighters from the Westfield Fire Dept. were recognized for their dedication and service to their community. The event – a semi-annual recognition banquet – was made possible by donations from the community and local businesses.

In addition to contributing the donations, many members of the community attended the event to show appreciation for the firefighters. Mayor Andy Cook and members of the city council were also honored guests for the evening.

“I’m very proud of our firefighters,” said Cook. “On behalf of the citizens of Westfield, I want to say thank you for the commitment and compassion you have for this community. The work you do is so important and our citizens are grateful.”

WFD’s chaplain, Dan Klingensmith, was also recognized for his tireless dedication to community service.

According to firefighters, Klingensmith is a pillar of strength inside the walls of WFD. Klingensmith’s efforts don’t end at helping firefighters deal with the trauma and stress that comes from their jobs. Klingensmith also consoles citizens after a tragedy has changed their lives forever.

Firefighters Scott Wolfe and Josh Southerland were also recognized for their community service. Last year, Wolfe orchestrated a citywide effort to support a child battling cancer. Southerland drove an elderly man all the way to Nebraska so he could be with his wife who was seriously ill.

Other awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, given to the maintenance division, and Officer of the Year, given to Lieutenant Adam Klingensmith.