This year VIFR enjoyed tremendous growth of our Explorer Division with 22 enrollees. It was the largest number in recent memory, requiring the separation of two companies for training. Advisor John Hemmer had a hard time picking one student for the Explorer of the Year Award. John, together with Lt. Charlie Krimmert, Lt. Rick Brown and Deborah Brown finally selected Ellen for this year's prestigious award. Congratulations, Ellen!
(left to right:) Explorer Advisor John Hemmer, Ellen Chappelka, Chief Lipe and Assistant Chief Brown, April 6, 2014.