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'Fireman Pete' is S.H.'s 'Firefighter of the Year'

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    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill Fire Chief Shawn Hoben, left, presents the "Fireman of the Year" award to Pete Matyasek during the fire company's annual Christmas party on Saturday.
Published December 19. 2011 05:05PM

"Fireman Pete" was the recipient of the "Fireman of the Year" award, Saturday, by the Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill.

"Fireman Pete" is Pete Matyasek, who was saluted for his "commitment and dedication over the past year."

He was presented with the Paul "Paulkie" Yuricheck Award.

The award was presented by Fire Chief Shawn Hoben, who said of Matyasek, "He's put a lot of time into this firehouse."

He said youngsters simply know him as "Fireman Pete."

Hoben said that when the fire company construction project was occurring, Matyasek would make himself available for deliveries by the contractors.

"All our members are working firefighters," said Hoben. "They have jobs. They have families. They have to pay bills. We're blessed with our new building and we're blessed with a borough council that put us in this situation."

"Pete helped a lot," Hoben continued.

The award was presented during the fire company's annual Christmas party held at the Summit Hill Community Center.

There were two other award recipients.

Jessica Matzen and Carol Ockenhouse were given plaques for their fundraising endeavors.

The awards to Matzen and Ockenhouse were made by Larry Black, fire company president, who said the awards "are in appreciation for the support and dedication the ladies have given to the fire company."

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