Charles Kistler received the Chief Warren Furry Memorial Firefighter of the Year Award at the Aquashicola Fire Company's 85th Anniversary Party held Saturday, March 1.
The award, presented to Kistler by Peter Beblavy, assistant fire chief and vice president, is for a person "that has put forth the extra effort and has shown the dedication necessary to see that our organization thrives.
Chief Warren Furry was instrumental in the development of AFC, serving as fire chief for 25 years before retiring to become a township supervisor until his death in 1985."Tonight we recognize an individual who, although not having been in the fire service for that long, has dedicated himself and has quickly evolved into an excellent fireman and a vital part of our organization," Beblavy said.
Kistler, a member of the company for the last three years, is a firefighter and the department's secretary.
He was completely surprised when his name was announced and said, "It was awesome."
His grandmother was a member of the AFC's Ladies Auxiliary for years and as a kid, he enjoyed being around the fire trucks.
"I knew almost everyone in the organization," he said.
Kistler lives with his wife, Dyanne, sister to the company's second assistant firechief, Chris Jahelka, and their son, Sean, 6 in Lehighton. He enjoys coaching Sean's basketball and baseball teams and likes playing softball. He is the office manager at UniMove.
Being a member of the department is his way to give back to his community.