Three Hiawatha firefighters were recent;y honored for their hard work and dedication.
Hiawatha firefighter, Stephen Craven, was recognized Jan. 8 at the department’s Awards Celebration as Hiawatha’s 2018 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Steve has been with Hiawatha Fire Department since 1997 and has served in a number of roles and has been one of the main pump and driving instructors.
Hiawatha Firefighter, Dan Veerhusen, was presented with the 2018 Paid Firefighter of the Year Award Jan. 10. And Shay Minear received the “Caring for the Community” award Jan. 8 or her work with public education.
In other news, members if the Hiawatha Fire Department and Bettendorf Fire Department covered for Camanche Fire Department during the services for fallen firefighter Lt. Eric Hosette, who died Jan. 5, while responding to a fire followed by an explosion at a grain processing facility in Clinton. A second firefighter, Adam Cain, 23, was injured during the blast and taken to Iowa City in critical condition.
A community service was held for Lt. Hosette Jan. 12 at the Riverview Bandshell in Clinton's Riverview Park, followed by private burial services. Eric is survived by his wife, Kelly, and his daughter, Addalyn. Memorials and donations can be made to a fund established at Clinton National Bank.
According to Eric’s obituary, his lifelong dream was to be a firefighter and started as a volunteer with the Camanche Fire Department. He joined the Clinton Fire Department on September 17, 2006 and was promoted Lieutenant on August 25, 2017. He was also the current Fire Chief of the Charlotte Fire Department. Just weeks before he was killed, Eric was named chief of the Charlotte Fire Department, a role his grandfather served in for 35 years.
Eric Michael Hosette was born on June 22, 1985 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of William and Gail (Grimm). He was a 2003 graduate of Camanche High School. He later attended the Trinity School of Nursing for paramedic certification.
On Sunday officials released an update saying he is now breathing on his own and he is awake and alert.
A second firefighter was also injured. Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown also spoke about the injured firefighter, identifying him as FF Adam Cain. Chief Brown says Cain was first missing after the explosion. Once found, he was flown to Iowa City where he is now in critical, but stable condition.