Emergency Vehicle Tech of the Year honored

City of Claremore Fleet Manager Kevin Bledsoe (right) was on hand to recognize Thad Bennett as Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year, an honor determined by the Emergency Vehicle Technicians of Oklahoma Association.

The day before his seven year anniversary with the city, Thad Bennett was celebrated as Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year.

City of Claremore Fleet Manager Kevin Bledsoe praised Bennet's service to the city before the mayor, city manager, council and a room full of Claremore community members.

He spoke of Bennett's hard work as a student—tackling seven reaccreditation tests at once and passing with flying colors—and said Bennett has been a diesel mechanic for nearly 30 years.

Bledsoe explained that this is a serious honor as there are only seven in the state, and Bennett is one of them.

The council congratulated Bennett on the recognition.