Safety stressed, employees appreciated at seventh annual city day

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Winning members of the Perry team honored at Wednesday's annual Safety and Employee Appreciation Day were, from left, Joshua Sienkiewicz, Joshua Moore, Jack Butler, Becky Halling, Justin Loyd, Richie Steadman, Dave Gliem, Kevin McLaughlin and Chris Hinds.

About 60 workers and elected officials for the city of Perry gathered Wednesday at the Perry Fire Department for the seventh annual Employee Safety and Appreciation Day.

The program began at 10:30 a.m., with opening remarks from Perry Mayor John Andorf, who thanked the gathered workers for their devotion and professionalism and noted the many good things he hears about Perry from people around the state.

City Finance Officer Susie Stoner Moorhead, a 21-year veteran of the Perry City Hall, reviewed the year’s insurance claims and praised the Doctor on Demand smart phone app.

Twenty city workers and two elected or appointed officials received certificates of appreciation for their service to the Perry public. Certificates were presented to:

Chris Hinds, Fire Department, 35 years of service
Kevin McLaughlin, Fire Department, 30 years of service
Grason Hill, Fire Department, 25 years of service
Richard L. Steadman, Cemetery, 20 years of service
Jack Butler, Street Department, 20 years of service
Paul T. South, Maintenance, 20 years of service
David C. Gliem, Water Pollution Control, 20 years of service
Justin Loyd, Water Department, 15 years of service
Marcus Carris, Water Words Trustee, 15 years of service
Andrew K. Modlin, Fire Department, 10 years of service
Matthew R. Hix,Fire Department, 10 years of service
Charles A. Schott, City Council, 10 years of service
Joshua A. Moore, Police Department, five years of service
Joshua R. Sienkiewicz, Police Department, five years of service
Travis M. Murphy, Fire Department, five years of service
Kimberly A. Laws, Fire Department, five years of service
Israel Baltazar, Fire Department, five years of service
Deanna R. Eiteman, Fire Department, five years of service
Dolores Cornejo Vazquez, Maintenance, five years of service
Aimee J. Bane, Fire Department, five years of service
Rebecca J. Halling, Recreation, five years of service
Denise D. Jackson, Library, five years of service

Auby Ninemire, senior environmental health and safety manager at Vermeer Corp., presented a fascinating discussion of his company’s and the community’s emergency response to the July 19, 2018, tornado that destroyed large parts of the Pella factory.

Lunch was catered by the El Tren. Local businesses sponsored numerous raffle items, which lucky workers won.

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