Colton Corner

Colton Rural Volunteer Fire Department #70 gathered for its annual awards banquet, but add some '80s and Scottish mystery fun to the event.

The Colton Rural Fire District #70 Board held its annual awards and recognition banquet at Hopkins Demonstration Forest on Feb.19 to honor its 22 volunteer firefighters and recognize the department’s outstanding volunteer first responders.

The board recognized their eight new emergency medical responders: Zachary Boots, Mike Decristoforo, Doug Dolney, Dan Dunn, David Hernandez, Justin Oberlander, Daniel Snyder, Josh Steele and three new recruits: Taylor Bauer, Matthew Ellington and Britney Stanbro. Also honored were two volunteers who retired in 2022, Assistant Chief Kerry Benthin, who was with Colton Fire for 30 year, and Captain Doug Dolney, who served in fire fighting for 24 years, the last 17 with Colton.