Knights of Columbus to honor first responders March 2 in Exeter


Monsignor Joseph W. Balker Council 9068 holds 28th annual Community Services Safety Recognition Dinner
EXETER – The Knights of Columbus announced the names of public safety officers they will honor at their annual awards dinner on March 2 at the Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter. The 28th annual Community Services Safety Recognition Dinner is presented by the Msgr. Joseph W. Balker Council 9068 in Exeter/Farmersville. The event honors first responders in Exeter, Farmersville, Woodlake and Tulare County. The list of this year’s recipients for the officers and firefighters of the year honors are:
California Highway Patrol
Recipient: Officer Jeremy Grove
Presenter: Sergeant Michael Wolfe
Exeter Ambulance District
Recipient: Paramedic Jeremy Thomas
Presenter: District Manager Peter Sodhy
Exeter Police Department
Recipient: Officer Curtis Hayes
Presenter: Police Chief John Hall
Farmersville Fire Department
Recipient: Firefighter Johnny Sanchez
Presenter: Fire Chief John Crivello
Farmersville Police Department
Recipient: Police Officer Jesse McBride
Presenter: Police Chief Mario Krstic
Tulare County Fire Department
Recipient: Engineer Chad Branch
Presenter: Fire Chief Charlie Norman
Tulare County Sheriff Department
Recipient: Deputy Matt Conley
Presenter: Captain Mark Gist
Woodlake Police Department
Recipient: Officer Gustavo Canales
Presenter: Chief Marquez
Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A prime rib dinner will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any Knights of Columbus member.
For more information, contact event co-chairs Ray Rodriguez at 559-679-3458 or; or Nick Notarnicola at 559-592-2240 or
The Knights was formed as a Catholic fraternal organization to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council in 1882 to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the world.