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Eureka Fire Department Awards

On June 4, 2006, Eureka Fire Department held its annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Program at the Eureka Public Marina.


Eureka Fire Department and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1872 also recognized two individuals for their achievements in 2005.


Over 20 years ago, Bill Meinzer of VFW Post #1872 created this award to recognize volunteer and career firefighters.  On hand to present the awards was Post Commander Gerald Anderson.


2005 Career Firefighter of the Year:         JEFFREY CARL NICKLAS


Jeff Nicklas was born in Sierra Madre, California and raised in the Los Angeles area.  Jeff earned a BA degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and an AS degree in Fire Science from Chabot College in Hayward, California. 


Jeff was hired by Eureka Fire Department as a career firefighter in 1997, promoting to engineer in 2000.  Earlier this year, Jeff completed the company officer program and is now frequently assigned as a company officer.  Jeff is one of the department’s lead fire/arson investigators.


Jeff spends countless hours on the important collateral duty of radio communications and recently drafted the Communications Master Plan.


Jeff Nicklas is married and enjoys the support of his wife Rita and their two sons, Tim and Michael.


2005 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year:     ERIC ALLEN HOY


Eric Hoy is from Eureka, graduated from Eureka High School in 2005, and is attending College of the Redwoods.  


Eric joined Eureka Fire Department in 2002 as a fire explorer when he turned 16 years old and transitioned into the volunteer firefighter program when he turned 18.  Eric’s involvement as a fire explorer helped bring the program to the level of ride-along participation with an engine company.  As a volunteer firefighter he is equally dedicated and active.


Eric consistently participates in available firefighter training courses, including successfully obtaining his Emergency Medical Technician I certification and his CDF Firefighter I Certificate.


Eric was hired by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to begin his first season of firefighting this summer.


When not involved in firefighting activities, Eric spends time with his family and participating in a number of recreational sports.