Honor Guard
 

MIKE BOLTE

Mike joined the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department immediately after graduating from Ralston High School in 1971. His dad Harvey had been a member for many years, serving as Fire Instructor and Assistant Fire Chief. Growing up, seeing his dad get such great gratification from being in the fire service and at the station, left no doubt what his first goal was after graduating. He served for 17 years, achieving the rank of Assistant First Aid Captain. He has been married to his wife Denise since 1975. He has 3 children, Krisa, Kevin, and Keri, and 4 grandchildren. He is employed by Bag N Save Supermarkets as an assistant store manager. Mike has been a member of the Honor Guard for 2 years.

JEREMY VOJTECH

Jeremy has been a member of the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. His grandfather was a member of the department for many years and he wanted to follow him into the service to serve the community of Ralston. I have held several offices for the department including, Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Vice President, Rescue Lieutenant, Rescue Captain, Training Chief and Rescue Chief. I have also served on the Board of Directors and served on the Personal Committee. I have been involved with the Junior Fire Patrol Program for 15 years and have been the Director of the Program for the past 5 years. He also has been involved with the Explorer Program for 5 plus years. In the past year Jeremy received the 2009 Pete Peterson award and 2009 EMT of the year. Because of the Fire Department and being able to help others, he has graduated from college and has worked for the past 2 years as an LPN. I have been married for 12 years and have no children. He has been a member of Honor Guard for 3 years.

MITCH BOLTE

Mitch joined the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department after graduating from Ralston High School in 1971 and was a member for 25 years until his retirement in 1996. During his tenure on the department Mitch attained the rank of Vice President, First Aid Instructor, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector (twice) and 2nd Assistant Chief (twice). Mitch was also awarded Fireman of the Year and later 1st runner up for the Fireman of the Year. Mitch remains an active retired member of the department and r and member of the Nebraska Serious Injury and Line of Duty Response Team. Mitch is the father of four; Laura, Jeff, Ben and Rachael and the grandfather of Dylan and Jacob. He has been a member of the Honor Guard from its inception.

TOM NEGLEY

Tom joined the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department in May of 1975. He had to wait until May to graduate from Ralston High School, even though he was already 18 years old. Tom has a total of about 26 years of service with the department with a break in service while away for college for 6 years. He has held the offices of Fire Chief for 8 years, First and Second Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Inspector, Assistant Rescue Captain, member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position which he currently holds. His family includes his wife Kara, daughters Rachel and Rebekah, step-son Jordan Cash and granddaughter Aubriana Grace Hurt. He joined the fire department because he enjoyed watching firefighters and neighbors like Mitch, Mike and Harvey Bolte and Roy Gage respond to the whistle blowing as they drove through the intersection by his house. Since he was employed by the Ralston Parks Department, he was available to answer calls during the day. However, his biggest reason for joining was to help by volunteering in his community, a trait he learned from his dad who was very active in the Ralston community and its organizations. Tom has been a member of the Honor Guard continuously since its inception.

CARRIE WAGNER

Carrie joined the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department in December of 2002. During her tenure she has held the positions of Recue Chief, Rescue Captain and Secretary for the department. She joined the department because she wanted to help others in their worst hour and time of need. Carrie has been a member of the Honor Guard for over a year.

DAVE SHIVLEY

Dave became a member of the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department in October of 1966. During his time on the department he has been 1st Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Instructor. He became a firefighter because he wanted to learn the techniques of fire fighting and rescue. Dave’s father was a long time member and held the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. His older brother was also a member joined when he was 16 years old and made the rank of Fire Chief when he was 21 years old. At that time he was the youngest Fire Chief in the state of Nebraska. He has been a member of the Honor Guard for 7 years.

ROGER HANSEN

Roger has been active with the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department for over 14 years. While a member of the department he has held Rescue Lieutenant, Secretary, and Training Officer. He is married to Louella and has three children plus 3 grandchildren. Roger became a firefighter because of his neighbor Scott Crawford who invited him to join and he could not think of a better way to help the community of Ralston. He is very happy that he had the opportunity and Roger has many memories that he will cherish forever. The brotherhood that has been shared over the years will not be forgotten he says. Roger has been a member of the Honor Guard since its inception

MIKE THOMAS

When Mike and his family moved to Ralston he wanted to continue to be a part of the fire service which began in 1977 in the central Wisconsin town of Harrisville. He has been involved in fire and EMS almost continuously since then to serve the community in which he lives and make a difference in the lives of its people. Mike joined the Ralston Volunteer Fire Department in 1989 and retired about 11 years later. During his time with the department Mike has served as Assistant Treasurer, Chaplain and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mike and his wife Jackie have three boys Chris, Scott and Erik. He currently is the Chaplain for the department and has been on the Honor Guard for three years.

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