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By Don Ogle
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Firefighters Honor Top Department Members


Don Ogle

Long time Sidney Volunteer Fire Department leaders Larry Chaon, left, and Keith Stone were presented special appreciation awards, in the form of custom-made lamps, during the Department's annual awards banquet. The two served as department leaders for more than 50 combined years.

Sidney volunteer firefighters honored their own during their annual awards banquet Saturday night - including two long-time leaders who stepped down from their officer positions in the past year.

Firemen rose to their feet to applaud the special recognition of Keith Stone, former chief, and former assistant chief Larry Chaon. Between them, the pair amassed more than 50 years leading the Sidney volunteers. Stone announced at last year's banquet he would step down after 32 years, while Chaon was an assistant for 24.

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief LaVerne Bown opened the ceremony with...

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