Each year the Exchange Club recognizes a public servant for the exemplary dedication to the City of Helena and surrounding area. This recipient is serving as a firefighter, police officer or other service protecting our great community.
2021 Police Officer of the Year
April 15, 2021
Our guest today was Police Officer of the Year, Sgt. Zach Freeman. Sgt. Freeman was awarded the $500 to his charity of choice along with a plaque and
donation to the Montana Highway Patrol. Captain Conner Smith spoke on why Sgt. Freeman was nominated for this award and read a letter congratulating
him from Col. Steve Lavin.
Sgt. Freeman and Captain Smith with Exchange Club President Mike Spaulding!
2020 Fire Fighter of the Year
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to Mark Mitchell, 2020 Firefighter of the Year! We held our annual luncheon to celebrate - catered by Karmadillos Southwestern Cafe!
2019 Fire Fighter of the Year
November 7, 2019
Today we had our Fire Fighter of the Year at the Fire Station. Brad Patterson was our recipient, The Club donated $500 to the Fire Station and $500 to the charity of Brad’s choice. Brad’s family were in attendance too.
2018 Police Officer of the year!
October 25, 2018
Our guests today were several folks from the Missouri River Drug Task Force (MRDTF), Sheriff’s Dept. and the City Police Dept. along with
a few family members. Spencer Snelling from HPD and Pat McDuffy from the Sherriff’s Dept were the 2 recipients of the Police Officer of the
Year Award. These 2 individuals are part of the MRDTF that work closely with the two agencies. Spencer has been with the HPD for 1 year and
in that time frame he was instrumental in the seizure of 4 lbs of Heroin and Pat has been with the Sheriff’s Dept for 4 years and was
instrumental in the seizure of 20 lbs of Meth. Kind of scary the amount of drugs in the Helena area.
The Exchange club donated $500.00 to
both the Helena Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department. They will also donate $500.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters on behalf of Detective
McDuffie and to the Angel Fund on behalf of Detective Snelling.
Congratulations to both of them and thank you to the Exchange Club for honoring them and everything that the Exchange Club does for the community.
2018 Fire Fighter of the Year
October 18, 2018 at Civic Center
Today we met at the Fire Station for the Firefighter of the Year. David Gambill was the recipient of the award. Fire Chief Mark Emert presented Gambill with
this year's award. Gambill thanked his family for all of their support. The Club donated $500 to the fire department and $500 to the charity of David's choice.
Congratulations to David Gambill 2018 Firefighter of the year!
The award is now in its 17th year and it recognizes a firefighter who went above and beyond in their duties.
KTVH - 2018 Helena Firefighter of the Year named
KXLH - Gambill named Helena’s
Firefighter of the Year
2017 Fire Fighter of the Year
Nov 2, 2017
Today we met at the Fire Station for the Firefighter of the Year. Robbie Bennett was the recipient of the award. The fire chief spoke Rob’s outstanding performance and involvement in the community. Soft spoken Rob thanked everyone for the award. The Club donated $500 to the fire dept. and $500 to the charity of Rob’s choice. See more about Robbie at Helena IR Robbie Bennett Firefighter of the Year 2017
2017 Peace Officer of the year!
May 11, 2017
Deputy Don McCarthy was our the recipient of the Peace Officer of the Year. Deputy McCarthy’s family members as well as members of the L&C County Sheriff’s Dept. were present. Matt Maze presented Deputy McCarthy with a check for $500 for the dept. and a check for $500 to the charity of his choice. The Club also presented 2 deputies with vests. The Board approved purchasing safety vests.
2016 Fire Fighter of the Year!
October 20, 2016
The Fire Fighter of the Year was Thursday October 20, 2016 David Maslowski. Fire Chief Mark Emert and Assistant Fire Chief Ken Wood both spoke about David's dedication to the department and his involvement in the community. The Exchange Club of Helena presented Maslowski a trophy for his achievements. As part of the club's acknowledgement, Maslowski also received a $500 check to donate to the charity of his choice. Another $500 check was presented to the HFD. See more about Dave at KTVH Dave Maslowski Firefighter of the Year 2016 and at the Helena IR
2015 Fire Fighter of the Year!
October 15, 2015
The Fire Fighter of the Year was Thursday October 15, 2015 at Noon at the Fire Station. John Harrington introduced the Assistant Fire Chief, Ken Wood who in turn presented Kevin Kelly as the Fire Fighter of the Year. Asst. Chief Wood noted that Kevin has been with the fire dept. for 29 years, he thanked him for what he has done for the dept. He brings leadership and dedication to the team. Kevin Kelly got up and said a few words. He noted that it has been a good career and works with a great team. John Harrington presented Kevin Kelly with 2 checks each in the amount of $500, one for the fire dept. and the other for the charity of Kevin’s choice. There was some Q&A for the dept. Ken Wood noted that they received a grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus’ or (SCBA), they will be deploying these soon. There was additional conversation in regards to the call volume, staffing and cost of new fire trucks. Ken Wood also noted the work they do is a joint effort with St. Pete’s and the rural fire depts.
2015 Peace Officer of the Year!
September 24, 2015
Brandon Uhl, Montana Highway Patrol, was introduced by Colonel Tom Butler as the Peace Officer of the Year. He was nominated as an ideal trooper, for his community service and the MHP’s go to guy for taking on special assignments. Trooper Uhl had his wife, kids and in-laws with him for the presentation. Trooper Jay Nelson was also present. The Club gave Trooper Uhl a check for $500 to be used at MHP and a check for $500 for the charity of his choice. He chose the recipient as the Montana Hope Project.
2014 Firefighter of the Year!
October 16, 2014
John Harrington introduced Chief Sean Logan and asked him to speak about this year’s recipient for the Fire Fighter of the Year. Chief Logan started with welcoming everyone to the station he then told the group what the fire dept. does for the community, the challenges the dept. faces, i.e. budget etc. Chief Logan then introduced Doug Fischer, this year’s recipient for the Fire Fighter of the Year award. Doug started his career as an intern with the Anaconda Fire Dept. while still in high school and has been with the Helena Fire Dept. since appx. 2006. John presented Doug with the award and a $500 check payable to the charity of his choice as well as a $500 check to the Helena Fire Dept. Doug got up and said a few words about his love for his job.
2014 Law Officer of the Year Award!
March 13, 2014
The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s department was our guest. We presented the Law Officer of the Year Award to Uriah Wood. He was quite surprised. Check out the article – Helena Air. It was also on KXLH and Beartooth NBC. The Club presented the Department with a $500 check and another $500 check to the charity of Uriah’s choice, L & C Search and Rescue.
2013 Firefighter of the Year!
October 17, 2013
We were guests of the Fire Department for lunch and Fire Chief Sean Logan welcomed us for the presentation of the Firefighter of the Year. This year the Award went to Fire Marshall Craig Trapp. Sean spoke of Craig’s dedication to Fire Prevention which can be a tough job at times. The Fire Station welcomed over 800 students last week during Fire Prevention Week. The Club presented the Fire Department with a $400 check to be used for fire prevention education and a $400 check to the Donation Fund at the Station for their Smoke Alarm Program as Craig’s charity of choice. Congratulations!
2011 Officer of the Year!
November 19, 2011