Elks honor First Responders


Margaret Guyton receives the San Manuel Elks Citizen of the Year award from Sam Pyritz.
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Darla King, right, receives the firefighter of the year for the San Manuel Fire Department.
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By John Hernandez

San Manuel Miner

At the Elks First Responders Awards Banquet, Margaret Guyton was honored as Citizen of the Year. Margaret lives in Oracle and was selected for her work in putting on the annual car show fundraiser for the Oracle Historical Society.

Over 80 citizens and family members of local first responders attended the annual event at the San Manuel Elks Lodge. A number of Pinal County dignitaries attended and spoke to the audience about the good work that the first responders do for our communities. The speakers included Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, Supervisor Pete Rios, State Representative Frank Pratt, Mammoth Justice of the Peace Arnold Estrada and Oracle Justice of the Peace Bob Kent. Honored this year for their outstanding work as First Responders were:

• Department of Public Safety – Pete Curley

• San Manuel Fire Department – Darla King

• Pinal County Sheriff’s Department – Paul Licano, Phil Gagnier, Mark Foster

• Tri City Med – Anka Mischel

• Oracle Fire Department – Brent Frost

• Mammoth Fire Department – The whole department


Anka Mischel, right, was named first responder of the year for Tri-City Med.
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Pete Curley, left, was named officer of the year for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
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Paul Licano, right, was named deputy of the year for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
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Brent Foster, right, was named firefighter of the year for the Oracle Fire Department.
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Mark Foster, right, was named deputy of the year for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
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Phil Gagnier, right, was named deputy of the year for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
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