Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Daddy is our hero!

Each year in May the Coppell Fire Department has their annual Medal Day Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes the new hired firefighters from the past year as well as handing out awards to the firefighters for things they've done in the past year. Jeremy received a life-saving award this year. It means that he went on a call for a person who was clinically dead and brought them back to life. He has received EMS Commodations (he did a great job on a call requiring him to use paramedic skills), Fire Commodations (doing a great job at a structure fire.....don't know much detail about that one), and others that I can't remember. It's nice that he works for a department that recognizes hard work and a good job, and we are so proud of him each year!
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This year his department celebrated it's 50th anniversary. Medal Day included the normal swearing in of new hires, the awards, and a guest speaker. They brought in firefighter Mike Kotula. He is a 26 year veteran of FDNY. He suffered losses in his company on 9/11 and his firehouse just celebrated their 100th anniversary last year. Although it was HOT outside and I was chasing a squirmy 2 year old around, his speech was very interesting and inspirational. It was actually just funny to hear a yankee talk after Jeremy's fire chief said, "Yall can have a seat." :-)
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FF Mike Kotula
Jeremy receiving his life-saving award
Because it was the fire department's 50th anniversary they also had a formal event later that evening. Now, I know my firefighter doesn't like to get dressed up, so having to wear his dress uniform was a big let-down for the night! Here is a picture of all the guys that Jeremy works with on a normal shift. I know they all referred to the formal event as "Prom" (and LD Bell's prom was actually right next door in the next ballroom at our hotel so we enjoyed their music all night!), but I do think his guys cleaned up well and looked very nice!
There's something about a man in a uniform.....
Jeremy and I at the formal. The green bridesmaid dress just wouldn't work so Jeremy bought me this black dress. I didn't look quite as fancy as some of the other wives, but you take what you can get (or fit) when you're 7 1/2 months pregnant! I even wore heels---who's impressed?
And, I wish I had a picture of the 3 of us together. Jeremy's mom took one of us at the medal ceremony but I haven't gotten it from her yet. Cassidee saw Jeremy for the first time that morning and said, "Daddy, pretty." She also said, "That not daddy's hat." Click on the picture of him receiving his award and you can see their dress hats they have to wear. I think those hats make them look like bus drivers! It cracks me up that Cassidee was wondering why daddy wasn't wearing his standard UT hat! :-)

16 comments:

Alison said...

That is so neat! What an honor! Cassidee is sooo cute! And I am impressed with all you are doing while you are pregnant!

Cheryl said...

Way to go, Jeremy!

I think that you look fantastic in your new black dress!

Cara said...

Congratulations Jeremy! That is wonderful!

allyo said...

That is so neat! What an honor! Congrats Jeremy. I love the picture of your two...you look great! Two post in a row that have made me tear up...I am such a sap lately!

Susan @ Blessed Assurances said...

Way to go Jeremy! You saved a life...SWEET!

And Kendra, way to bust out the heels 71/2 months pregnant...you are MY hero!

Aric and Amber said...

I know who's closet to raid if we have to dress up for anything!

Jodi said...

Go Jeremy! Big high five from me and a big kiss from Reagan. She so loooooooooves Mer-mee. :)

Y'all both look great all spiffed up!

Michael and Katie said...

Kendra!! I'm so glad you found me too! :) Congrats to Jeremy. You look great! Best wishes with the rest of your pregnancy.

Katie

The Blakes said...

Congrats Jeremy! I feel honored to know you!!!! Yall look so good at the dinner!

Rachel said...

Jeremy rocks!

Noe Family said...

What a handsome bus driver...I mean fireman!! :-) I feel honored to be his friend!

Tracy said...

wow. tell jeremy congrats from tracy and jerrod :) what an honor. you must be proud :)

amie said...

LOVE your black dress..you know how to rock a 7 1/2 month bump!!!! Congrats to Jeremy also..since that is actually what the post is about!

Jennifer K said...

A big thank you to Jeremy for his service! What an honor!

You are beautiful by the way!

Bunch of Oranges said...

Wow you both look wonderful! Congrats to you Broom! :) :)

Rick & Shara said...

Congrats Jeremy! I knew there was a reason you were our friend! J/K. I LOVE the "Formal" picture. You both look great...fun times all dressed up.