Tri-Cities Airport Authority was presented two awards Friday. Public Safety Officer Steve Wade was presented with the Officer of the Year award. The Firefighter of the Year award was presented to Captain Denton Hall. Both Wade and Hall are employees at the TCAA Public Safety Department.
“The Airport Authority is pleased that two of our own have been recognized for their contributions to the communities we serve as well as the Airport,“ said Gene Cossey, TCAA Executive Director. “It’s an honor to work alongside these two military veterans who continue to protect and serve.”
Wade is a United States Navy Veteran. After four years of serving as a Petty Officer 2nd class and a Aviation Machinist Mate. He has more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, most of those years were spent with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Wade has been with the airport’s Public Safety Department since 2012. Since he started at the airport he as obtained certifications for Emergency Medical Responder, Aircraft Firefighting, Incident Command, Tactical Combat Medicine and Tactical Patrol Office.
Capitan Hall is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was in the Infantry as a heavy machine gunner and later a machine gun team leader, during the his four years. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, as well as 20 years of experience as a firefighter. Wade has certifications as a Firefighter II and HAZMAT Operations. For a year, Wade was a Combat Firefighter in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has obtained his Aircraft Firefighting certification since he’s joined the TCAA Public Safety Department.
Every year VFV Post 4933 honors a local police officer and a firefighter who have made a difference in the lives of members of the community.