Onida Fire Department Chief Caleb Shepherd presents Onida firefighter Tim Gruis with a firefighter’s axe in recognition of his being named OFD Firefighter of the Year. Not pictured, Wade Fischer also received FFotY laurels.

At their Ladies Night spouse and family appreciation event Saturday, the Onida Fire Department took time to recognize the service of retiring firefighters and the pair selected by a vote of the department as Firefighter of the Year.

In making the presentation to Wade Fischer and Tim Gruis, OFD Chief Caleb Shepherd stated that this is the second time since he has been serving as chief that the vote has resulted in a tie and two firefighters selected to receive the honor.