The Chamber of Commerce presented the annual Citizen of the Year award to the Carnegie Fire Department on Monday night, recognizing their service to the community during the last year. The B.W. Jolly Citizenship Award was presented to two individuals, P.K. Hurt and Kelly Williams, to recognize their role in the community over the course of several years. Jon Hansen, who was the assistant fire chief of Oklahoma City in 1995 when the Murrah Building was bombed, spoke to the audience in the keynote address. We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and has helped support the Chamber of Commerce over the years.
The chamber’s annual banquet will be held Monday, January 16 at 6:30 PM at the elementary school’s Multi-Purpose Building. Tickets are available the door. This year, the chamber is honoring the Carnegie Fire Department for
their tremendous service and sacrifice throughout the past year. 2011 broke every record on the book, from record heat to record drought, and with them came a record number of wildfires. The chamber unanimously voted to present the Citizen of the Year Award to the 19 volunteer members of the Carnegie Fire Department.
The featured speaker at the banquet is John Hansen, who served as the assistant fire chief of Oklahoma City in 1995, when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by a bomb. Few in Oklahoma can forget that fateful day when so many Oklahomans were killed. He will share his experiences in the aftermath of that day, as well as his life as a firefighter and later as fire chief of Oklahoma City.
The event will also honor this year’s winner of the B.W. Jolly Annual Citizenship Award, which recognizes those individuals in the town that have given many years of service to their community.
The Carnegie Chamber of Commerce will meet on Monday at noon for their monthly luncheon. Everyone is welcome to attend the meal, which is held at the Carnegie Hospital cafeteria.