The Lyndon Fire Unit Citation Medal is a group action award presented in recognition of a superior performance of duty by a company or other group. The act or action must have substantially contributed to the saving of a life or be of some other important contribution to the departments operations. This medal recognizes the achievement of the company as a group rather than any single individual.


On 18 May 2017 Q 1654, 1st platoon, Captain Rich Bliven, Sergeant Ryan Helton, FF/ENG Stephen Dunlany and FF Matthew Newman responded as automatic aid to an MVA on US 60 along with companies from the Middletown Fire District. The MVA involved a high impact head on collision with patient entrapment. This resulted in a highly technical and difficult extrication including the precise cutting away of debris in very close proximity of the occupant. This company performed its duties flawlessly and expertly, eventually leading to the successful freeing of the occupant. Once free the crew continued to assist with medical care until the completed transfer to LMEMS.

The actions of this company are an example of a superior performance of duty and are in the highest traditions of the American fire service.

About Major John Stich

Major Stich was born and raised in Lyndon. He joined LFR as a fire cadet in 1972 becoming a volunteer firefighter in 1974. He has served as Apparatus Maintenance Officer, Training Officer, Company Officer and Battalion Chief. Since 1984 he has served in a career capacity as Fire Marshal, responsible for fire prevention, code enforcement and fire safety education.

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