In a long standing tradition, The Quincy Exchange Club hosted the First Responder of the Year Awards Banquet at the Elks Lodge Friday afternoon.

Exchange Club member Carlos Fernandez was the host of the event with Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley acting as Master of Ceremonies.

During the event the Law Officer of The Year Award was presented to Quincy Police Officer Chris Meuller, who on June 16 last year rescued a man from his submerged car in Quincy Bay. Unfortunately the man passed away despite his heroic efforts. Just recently he also assisted in the saving of a woman who suffered a heart attack in the Quincy Mall. Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar presented the award to Officer Meuller.

The Fire Fighter of the Year Award was presented to Quincy Firefighter Greg Dryer. Dryer, a 25 year veteran of the Q.F.D., has worked tirelessly to assist the Q.F.D. both professionally and individually. He received the award from Tri-Township Fire Chief Tom Bentley.

The Adams County Emergency Management Services Director John Simon awarded the E.M.S. Professionalism Award to Connie Meyers.  Meyers serves in the E.M.S. office as secretary and organizes schedules and helps with EMS preparations. In Simon's words regarding Ms. Meyers, "you can talk to the guy in charge or talk to the woman who actually knows what's going on".

The Citizen of the Year Award went to Scott Henze who is a Citizen Police Academy graduate, a member of the Q.P.D.’s Citizen Police Academy, a supporter of the Firefighting Academy, a tireless volunteer worker for the Quincy Fire Department for the rehab team and a blood donor having donated over 200 times over the years. Scott was presented his award by Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore.

At the end of the program, it was announced by Brad and Craig Heming that Doors-N-More will be rewarding a $10-thousand makeover of a home for any retired 1st Responder in September.