Knights of Columbus to honor first responders March 2 in Exeter

Monsignor Joseph W. Balker Council 9068 holds 28th annual Community Services Safety Recognition Dinner


EXETER – The Knights of Columbus announced the names of public safety officers they will honor at their annual awards dinner on March 2 at the Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. The 28th annual Community Services Safety Recognition Dinner is presented by the Msgr. Joseph W. Balker Council 9068 in Exeter/Farmersville. The event honors first responders in Exeter, Farmersville, Woodlake and Tulare County. The list of this year’s recipients for the officers and firefighters of the year honors are:

California Highway Patrol

Recipient: Officer Jeremy Grove

Presenter: Sergeant Michael Wolfe

Exeter Ambulance District

Recipient: Paramedic Jeremy Thomas

Presenter: District Manager Peter Sodhy

Exeter Police Department

Recipient: Officer Curtis Hayes

Presenter: Police Chief John Hall

Farmersville Fire Department

Recipient: Firefighter Johnny Sanchez

Presenter: Fire Chief John Crivello

Farmersville Police Department

Recipient: Police Officer Jesse McBride

Presenter: Police Chief Mario Krstic

Tulare County Fire Department

Recipient: Engineer Chad Branch

Presenter: Fire Chief Charlie Norman

Tulare County Sheriff Department

Recipient: Deputy Matt Conley

Presenter: Captain Mark Gist

Woodlake Police Department

Recipient: Officer Gustavo Canales

Presenter: Chief Marquez

Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A prime rib dinner will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any Knights of Columbus member.

For more information, contact event co-chairs Ray Rodriguez at 559-679-3458 or [email protected]; or Nick Notarnicola at 559-592-2240 or [email protected].

The Knights was formed as a Catholic fraternal organization to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council in 1882 to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the world.

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