Glide Rural Fire Protection District chose two firefighters for their 2018 Volunteers of the Year award: David Reda and Corin Kelly.
Reda is a Glide newcomer originally from Anaheim, California. According to a press release, his expertise in driving heavy equipment has been a helpful addition to the department; his commercial license allows him to drive the ambulances, water tenders, fire trucks and brush rigs used by Glide Fire. He became a firefighter because of his desire to help the community. He also helps with jobs around the station such as painting, cleaning equipment, and inventorying the ambulances.
“Dave’s positive attitude and willingness to work hard are great assets to us. We know we can rely on him to be there and get the job done,” Fire Chief Ted Damewood said.
Kelly is a firefighter, medical student and member of the Glide Fire Safety Committee. Kelly is an Organ native, graduating from McMinnville High School. She joined the army after Sept. 11, 2001, which she says “really affected me.”
Her motivation to volunteer stemmed from personal experiences.
“When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had a house fire. I really felt helpless and scared. The firefighters were amazing. They made sure we were taken care of by checking on us periodically after the fire,” Kelly said. “I want to be able to help others when they need it. Becoming a firefighter has made me feel like I’m helping. I love being a member of a team and I love being challenged.”
Kelly is attending Umpqua Community College to become a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician.
Glide Fire provides community residents with a first response to medical emergencies, fires, vehicle crashes, and rescues. It responded to 561 calls in 2018, which is the highest call volume since Glide Fire was formed in 1973.