Donald Lannom, a 42-year member of the Fort Stockton Volunteer Fire Department, was named “Fireman of the Year” at the organization’s December meeting.
It was the third time Lannom has be so honored. He has served as Assistant Chief for 17 years, as well as chief and chaplain.
There is a long Lannom family history with the department dating back to the 1930s when the FSVFD was re-organized. Roy Lannom became the Assistant Chief and his brothers, Harold and Bernie, joined the department. The next generation of Lannoms, Donald and Tony, followed in their father, Bernie’s, footsteps and joined in the 1970s. Another generation followed in the 1990s when Tony’s son, Cary, joined.
“We’ve gone from one station with five trucks, to three stations, a maintenance shop and 20 pieces of equipment including a ladder truck,” said Lannom. “Our membership also increased from 20 members to 40. It is a great organization, and I really enjoy being a part of it. If anyone has the interest and ability and can participate in the daytime, I would invite them to pick up an application. I’ve been blessed to have the support of my wife, Loraine and my sons, Clint and Keynon.”
Other recognized at the event were:
• 5-year service award: Adrian Martinez and Omar Ramirez.
• 20-year service award: Jaime Ramirez.