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The Grove Award is the most prestigious award that we have at the Cheshire Fire Department. This award is in honor of William (Willie) Grove II. Willie Grove was the only Cheshire FireFighter to ever lose his life in the line of duty. Willie was an active member of the Cheshire Fire Department and the Grove family has been a part of the Cheshire Fire Department since 1958.

Deceased Life Member Bill Dunn was the first recipient to bestowed the honor of the award in 1976. Since then, the Cheshire Rotary Club and the Cheshire Fire Department have joined together to formally present and acknowledge each year's award winner. The Grove Award is presented at a local gathering; attendees include the Grove family, the recipient and their families, and the members of the Cheshire Fire Department. In addition, the winner of the Grove Award is presented a personally engraved sterling silver bowl and his/her name is placed on the plaque in the foyer of fire headquarters directly next to the picture of Willie Grove.

The following is a list of all Grove Award Recipients since the inception of the award in 1976:

 

YEAR RECIPIENT
1976 Bill Dunn
1977 Ernie Hallbach
1978 Moe Rosello
1979 Ed Gaudio
1980 Andrew Malloy
1981 Douglas French
1982 John Bates
1983 Louis Hotchkiss
1984 Wilbur Verner
1985 Pat Rubbo
1986 Peter Gode
1987 Charles DeLavernge
1988 Tim Pelton
1989 Matt McCarthy
1990 Chris Bowman
1991 Mike Roke
1992 Steve Williams
1993 Tom Trevethan
1994 Mark Adkins
1995 Donn Youngquist
1996 James Doherty
1997 Jedd Spero
1998 William Herzman
1999 Jack Casner
2000 Carl Behrmann
2001 Mike Kozlowski
2002 Rich Pruitt
2003 Jay Hershman Esq.
2004 Craig Henderson
2005 Bob Shalagan
2006 Jeff Boland
2007 Jon Graziosa
2008 Rick Trocchi
2009 Doug Yocher
2010 Jeff Tellmann
2011 Nicholas Kehoss
2012 George Donnarumma
2013 Daniel Ford
2014 Award not Presented
2015 Owen Fowler
2016 Kevin Brumlevee
2017 Brian Owen
2018 Dennis Pechmann
2019 Chris Corso
2020 Not presented due to COVID
2021 Bryan Keene  
2022 Griffin Stover  
2023 James Schlauder
2024 Matthew Schmidt
 
Congratulations to all Grove Award Winners!


Monthly Incidents
2024 2023 2022
Jan 95 56 75
Feb 71 90 76
Mar 78 70 79
Apr 72 82 80
May 77 80 79
Jun 55 82
Jul 89 74
Aug 90 77
Sep 106 88
Oct 77 76
Nov 90 79
Dec 93 93

Incident Totals
2020 941 2023 978
2019 925 2022 958
2018 958 2021 823
2017 755
2016 795
2015 755
2014 699
2013 752
2012 759
2011 1131
2010 658
2009 826
2008 850
2007 996
2006 863

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