The Oak Ridge Fire Department will be hosting a ceremony to recognize members for some recent accomplishments on February 13th at 6:00 p.m. Fire Station number 3, where the ceremony will be held, is located at 333 Tuskegee Drive.  

The Department will recognize Engine Company 2C for a recent cardiac arrest save that occurred in November.  This was the sixth cardiac arrest save within the last 12 months for the Oak Ridge Fire Department.  Chief Darryl Kerley stated, “The majority of time when people have a cardiac arrest, the outcome is not very good, so for us to have six saves in less than 12 months is something that is just amazing.” Chief Kerley accredits a number of things to the higher than usual success rate, “We put our members through a tremendous amount of training, both in house and at conferences and workshops. We are blessed in Oak Ridge to have a Council that provides us with the funding we need to maintain equipment that is up to date and in great working condition, but most importantly, we have some of the greatest firefighters and paramedics imaginable who maintain a very high level of professionalism and training that keeps them on the cutting edge of providing services.”  
The Department will also recognize the 2014 Firefighter of the Year and 2014 Fire Officer of the Year during the February 13th event.  

Firefighter/Paramedic Steve London has been selected by his peers as Firefighter of the Year.  FFP London has been with the department since 2008 and is currently assigned to C shift.  He was selected for his work in both training of members during 2014 and his push for increased physical fitness improvements by members of the department.  He has helped several members improve their current levels of physical condition, in addition to becoming the first member of the ORFD to complete the nationally recognized Smoke Diver’s Course in Georgia back in September.  FFP London holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, is a State of Tennessee certified Fire Officer, and is also an active member of the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad Technical Rescue Team.  

Captain Eric Mocsari has been selected by his peers as the Officer of the Year.  Captain Mocsari has been with the ORFD since 1992 and currently serves as a Captain on C-shift.  He was selected for his continued excellence in leadership and mentoring firefighters within the department.  Captain Mocsari has been very active in trainings both on his shift and throughout the Department.  He is a national registered paramedic, as well as a registered nurse.  He has spent time working in emergency room departments throughout the region and currently works part-time as a flight nurse for Air-Evac Aeromedical Services. Captain Mocsari is married and has two children; his wife is Melissa, a daughter Whitney and a son Michael.  

The ceremony on Feb 13th will start at 6:00 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.  

For more information please contact Chief Darryl Kerley at 865-425-3520.