Angrisano Awarded Medal of Merit
The King County Fire Chiefs’ Association recently honored Snoqualmie Volunteer Firefighter Robert Angrisano with a Medal of Merit for outstanding leadership and skills that positively impacted and inspired both the fire agency and the community. Said Randy Fehr, president of the organization, “We value and recognize the effort you have put into your work, and we appreciate you for being a part of the fire service team in King County.”
Robert Angrisano, who joined the Snoqualmie Fire Department in 2014, has been instrumental in many programs. His actions were particularly impactful during the pandemic. Throughout COVID-19, Angrisano’s research in best practices and attention to policy-level detail was remarkable. At times Robert would meet with the fire staff and others within the City to reassure them that the City was implementing best practices and keeping them safe based on the science being shared. Some believe he is why 100% of the fire department staff were vaccinated when the vaccine mandate was implemented.
Once vaccines became available, Angrisano began researching the best way to deliver them and assisted the City when implementing a vaccine mandate for all City Staff. Soon after, Angrisano led a community vaccination effort and worked with the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital to host the City’s first drive-through vaccination clinic. Over the next 18 months, he worked with the City and planned multiple vaccination events at the Fire Station – one of the few locations offered in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Robert staffed each of these events and delivered vaccines to those who signed up. Rough estimates are he delivered more than 10,000 vaccines to individuals at these clinics.
Most recently, Angrisano has implemented opioid education and overdose reversal training classes.
Angrisano was recently honored at a City Council meeting, where Interim Snoqualmie Fire Chief Mike Bailey shared information about the award. “We thank Robert for his exceptional service to our department and to our community,” Bailey said.
Caption: Interim Snoqualmie Fire Chief Mike Bailey with Volunteer Firefighter Robert Angrisano and Snoqualmie Mayor Katherine Ross.