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Forest Grove fires Nemeyer honored


Division Chief nets top state award for outreach and education services

by: NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Dave Nemeyer, division chief at Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, won a Golden Sparky, award last week for his community involvement and promotion of education around fire prevention. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Division Chief Dave Nemeyer was recognized last week by his fellow firefighters for his years of service to the city.

The state Fire Marshal Mark Wallace bestowed his department’s highest award for outstanding achievement in fire prevention and fire safety education to Nemeyer during the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Nov. 9.

The award, known as The Golden Sparky, recognized Nemeyer’s outsized role in fire prevention and education in Forest Grove.

"For more than 10 years working for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Division Chief Dave Nemeyer has tirelessly promoted the value of fire prevention and safety in the Forest Grove community, and throughout Oregon," said State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace. "He has personally provided fire and life safety education to more than 4,000 adults and 1,000 children in the Forest Grove community and its schools.”

Nemeyer also participates as a member of the Washington County Safe Kids coalition to spread the fire safety message to thousands of families in the region. He coordinates and provides juvenile firesetter intervention counseling for Forest Grove and the neighboring fire departments in Banks and Cornelius. He has also been instrumental in the organization of the department’s toy drive and its cadet training program at Forest Grove High School.

Nemeyer’s name is likely a familiar one to residents of western Washington County since he also serves as a public information officer for the fire department, blasting tweets out on Twitter, feverishly updating Facebook and going on camera whenever a big fire breaks out.

“I’m humbly honored by this,” Nemeyer said. “It’s a big deal to me and means a lot.”

Nemeyer, who grew up in Forest Grove, is well-known around the community for more than his PIO work. He’s also a common sight around town and at community events.

“David's outreach and partnerships with other public safety agencies and private businesses has promoted fire safety messages to Spanish-speaking residents, and developed an annual spring safety fair to spread the fire safety message to hundreds more residents.” Wallace said. “He is certainly deserving of the Golden Sparky award."