The chamber’s annual banquet will be held Monday, January 16 at 6:30 PM at the elementary school’s Multi-Purpose Building. Tickets are available the door. This year, the chamber is honoring the Carnegie Fire Department for their tremendous service and sacrifice throughout the past year. 2011 broke every record on the book, from record heat to record drought, and with them came a record number of wildfires. The chamber unanimously voted to present the Citizen of the Year Award to the 19 volunteer members of the Carnegie Fire Department.
The featured speaker at the banquet is John Hansen, who served as the assistant fire chief of Oklahoma City in 1995, when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by a bomb. Few in Oklahoma can forget that fateful day when so many Oklahomans were killed. He will share his experiences in the aftermath of that day, as well as his life as a firefighter and later as fire chief of Oklahoma City.
The event will also honor this year’s winner of the B.W. Jolly Annual Citizenship Award, which recognizes those individuals in the town that have given many years of service to their community.