In a ceremony held Feb. 5 at City Hall, Iowa City Fire Chief John Grier presented the Lifesaver Award to six members of the Iowa City Fire Department for exceptional lifesaving measures. They were Firefighter Thomas Hartshorn, Firefighter Ryan Haxmeier, Firefighter Merv Miller, Firefighter Glenn Pauley, Lieutenant Timothy Recker, and Firefighter Andrew Wulfekuhle.

On July 10, 2015, these firefighters were part of a crew that responded to a garage fire with a report of an individual trapped inside and shouting for help. Personnel worked together to gain access, attack the fire, and rescue the male victim who was trapped in the garage. The victim survived due to the quick-thinking actions of the crews involved.  

During the ceremony, Fire Chief Grier also announced recent promotions and hirings.

Tim Recker, a six-year veteran of the Iowa City Fire Department, was recently promoted to Lieutenant. In his new assignment, Recker will be in charge of a three-person engine company at Station 4. He will be responding to emergency incidents, performing commercial building inspections, code enforcement, conducting company training, and maintaining logs and special activity records.

Two new firefighters, Brock Kraxner and Joshua Wutke, have also been hired. Both have completed their six-week orientations and have been assigned to Station 1, where they will perform fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, code enforcement, and public education duties. Firefighter Kraxner previously worked as a police officer with the Eldridge Police Department in Eldridge, Iowa. Firefighter Wutke was previously a firefighter with the Tess Corners Fire Department in Muskego, Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Grier at 319-356-5260 or

Date of publication

Monday, February 08, 2016