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Thomas R. Rophchock Award

Thomas R. Rophchock Award

Recognizing the Wellington Firefighter of the Year



This award is presented to the firefighter who best exemplified the qualities of our mentor and friend Captain Thomas R. Ropchock. The award has been chosen by the members of the Wellington Firefighter's Association, in recognition of leadership during training and on the fire ground; sacrifices of time away from family, devotion and commitment to the Fire District; and for setting a positive example for others to follow.


Thomas R. Rophchock Award Recipients:

Troy Pitts...................2000

Dave Crawford..........2001, 2013, 2015

Gordy Lent................2002

Bryan Hamer.............2003

Brian Slack................2004

Ben Sickels...............2005 (Posthumously)

Al "Buz" Anderson....2006 (Posthumously)

Tim Polen..................2007

Frank Marley.............2008

Greg Frenk................2009

Darin Lewis...............2010

Derick Oswald...........2011

Mike Barlow...............2012, 2017

Jason Dumke.............2014

Ken Knapp.................2016, 2021

Dave Roser................2018

John Clawson............2019

Richard Fox...............2020

Ryan Thorn................2021

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