Fallen Firefighter Tony Cox Receives Medal of Valor

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

The widow and baby of Topeka Fire Capt. Anthony Cox accepted an award on his behalf Wednesday night.

The Topeka Fire Department presented Karrie Cox and baby daughter, Hannah, with the medal of valor in a ceremony at Gage Park.

Cox collapsed while taking a break from fighting a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in August. The coroner says his death was caused by heart disease and the stress of the heat.

Hannah, nearly five months old, was born after his death. Karrie Cox says she sees Tony in her eyes, and knows he didn't leave her alone. She says the days are getting easier, and she credits the support she's received from Tony's fire department colleagues for helping her through.

She says she was proud to receive the honor on Tony's behalf. She says he did put his family first, but he always made sure the community was taken care of, too, and he never asked for any recognition in return.

The medal of honor, medal of meritorious service, certificate of appreciation and merit, and the letter of commendation were also presented to deserving firefighters at the ceremony.

List of Award Recipients:
·Medal of Valor – reserved for firefighters that lose their life in the line of duty.
Captain Anthony Cox * (accepted by Tony’s wife and baby daughter)

·Medal of Honor – awarded for actions that put firefighters at extraordinary risk of personal injury in the line of duty or job performance that far exceeds normal departmental standards. Presented to:
Lieutenant James Seichepine

·Medal of Meritorious Service - awarded for actions that put firefighters at risk of personal injury in the line of duty or job performance that exceeds normal departmental standards. Presented to:
Shift Commander Rick Pardee
Battalion Chief Richard Woltkamp
Battalion Chief Cynthia Holt
Chief of Training Jack Collie
Training Officer Victor Polanco
Training Officer Craig Percival
Investigator Michael Martin
Investigator James Vollintine
Captain Paul Stafford
Lieutenant Dennis Bowser
Apparatus Operator Adam Appelhanz
Firefighter Brandon Crowell
Firefighter John Ridder
Captain Todd Williams
Firefighter Matthew Frehe
Firefighter Ryan Gay
Captain Greg Degand
Lieutenant Richard Moran
Firefighter Daniel Kress
Captain Darreld Sloan
Firefighter Dane Markham
Firefighter Jonathan Harmison
Lieutenant Maurice Watson
Lieutenant John Miller
Apparatus Operator Monte Akers
Captain Joseph Drake
AO Michael Gomez
FF Robert Waltman
Apparatus Operator Michael Ordonez
Firefighter John Failor
Captain Anthony Cox (accepted by his mother)
Apparatus Operator Michael Stapleton
Firefighter Toby Stickles
Captain Thomas Wolfley
Apparatus Operator Ty Forshee
Captain Robert Hix
Apparatus Operator Craig Habig
Firefighter Shane Harrington
Lieutenant Jason Broadbent
Apparatus Operator Bradley Mize
Firefighter John Crites
Lieutenant Scott Steward
Apparatus Operator Nesby Caraway
Firefighter Michael Fewell
Captain Michael Thompson

·Certificate of Appreciation and Merit – awarded in recognition of job performance, special acts, contributions or achievements considered to be beyond the call of duty. Presented to:
Firefighter Damon Smith
Apparatus Operator Richard Sigle
Shift Commander Robert Martin
Captain Dawn VanEgmond
Lieutenant Wilbur Griffin
Apparatus Operator Eric Hander

·Letter of Commendation – awarded in recognition of commendable performance of duties, contributions, or gestures made by personnel that are considered to be notable. Presented to:
Captain Michael Morgan
Firefighter Paul Waggoner
Firefighter Austin Tonniges
Captain Daniel Meredith
Apparatus Operator Jeffery Reynolds
Firefighter Austin Tonniges
Lieutenant Richard Moran
Apparatus Operator Jeffrey Stanley
Firefighter Shane Harrington
Battalion Chief Edward Dewitt
Captain Clarence Simpson
Lieutenant James Seichepine
Apparatus Operator Jeffrey Steward
Firefighter Dane Markham
Captain Christopher Cervantez
Lieutenant Christopher Herrera
Apparatus Operator Steven Woolaway
Firefighter Ryan Gay
Captain Michael Troth
Lieutenant Vincent Carter
Apparatus Operator Sean McClain
Firefighter Scott Trachta
Investigator Michael Martin
Investigator Alan Stahl
Investigator James Vollintine
Office Assistant Diane Bean
Captain Dawn VanEgmond
Apparatus Operator Eric Hander
Firefighter Austin Tonniges

Investigator James (Rusty) Vollintine, Jr and K-9 Boomer have been awarded with a special Certificate of Appreciation from the Salina Fire Department for the “outstanding and exceptional service” they provided in a fire investigation on February 24, 2008.

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