Members of Wisconsin State Patrol, Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue, Fond du Lac Police Department and city officials gathered at Fire Station One in Fond du Lac Thursday afternoon for an annual awards ceremony celebrating outstanding work by the City of Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue crew.

Brian Vahsholtz received the 2015 Fire Fighter of the Year award for his work covering numerous fields in the department.

The 2015 paramedic of the year award went to Phillip Seibel and Brian Westby for providing life support measures to a fatally injured State Trooper Trevor Casper on March 24, 2015. Casper was shot and killed by bank robber Steven Snyder on the east side of Pick ‘n’ Save in the city of Fond du Lac. Snyder was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Related: Bank robbery suspect and state trooper killed in exchange of gun fire

Unit citation Awards were given to Dwight Fisher, Ben Stephany, Brian Westby, and Phillip Seibel, for their rescue efforts as well on March 24, 2015 following the shooting. They were on Engine 473 and Rescue 483 — the first fire and rescue units paged out for the incident.

Also receiving Unit citation Awards were Peter Dutkievic and Bobby Scott for rescuing a woman who was trapped on the second story of a burning house at 16 North Lincoln Ave. in Fond du Lac on Dec. 14, 2015.

Related:Woman trapped, rescued in Fond du lac house fire

Excellence Awards were given to Chad Churchill, Gene Olig, Luanne Bridenbaugh and Deb Pinnow for  helping the fire department become one of 232 departments in the world to be awarded international accreditation.

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