Bruce Bruening, Sandra Bruening, Chad Bruening and Marty Bruening, of Bruening Heating & A/C Inc. and Fireplaces, attended the annual Bryant Dealer Meeting on Feb. 15 in St. Louis. The dealer meeting featured seminars focused on technical aspects and new products for the HVAC industry. Dealer awards were accepted by Chad Bruening and Marty Bruening for Top Performer in Evolution Extreme Sales 2012 and Top Gun Award In Recognition of Volume Sales Excellence 2012. Bruening Heating & A/C and Fireplaces was established by Bruce and Sandra Bruening in 1975.
Chuck Johnson, coordinator of psychiatric services at Blessing Behavioral Center, was nominated by the Illinois Hospital Association and appointed by the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health to serve a three-year term on the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. Johnson will represent IHA/Illinois hospitals and the state of Illinois in an advisory capacity regarding the Illinois Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan. He has served on the Alliance since 2007 as a stakeholder and on the Community Awareness Workgroup. Johnson has worked in the mental health field for 36 years. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Johnson is president of Woodland Board and chairman of the Education Committee for the Mental Health Authority of West Central Illinois.
Kyle T. Hannel of Klingner and Associates P.C.. Engineers-Architects-Surveyors, has become qualified as a licensed professional engineer by the state of Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. Hannel's position in the Structural/Transportation Department involves working on transportation and structural project design. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is a resident of Quincy.
Gavin N. Risley of Klingner and Associates P.C., Engineers-Architects-Surveyors, has become qualified as a license professional engineer by the state of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. He is also a certified floodplain manager with the state of Illinois. Risley, of Barry, a staff engineer in the firm's Water Resources Department, works on project involving hydromechanics, hydraulic, flood control and drainage district projects. He graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and earned a master's degree in environmental engineering in 2009. He is a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Academy, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society and Phi Kappa Phi All Discipline honor society.
Aaron Ridenour, manager of marketing and business development at Prairie Power Inc., which serves West-Central Illinois, received the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Distinguished Service Award during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting held in New Orleans Feb. 15-21. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development and success of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives brand at the national level. Ridenour is just the 17th award recipient since the brand's inception in 1998.
Tammy Kruser, a real estate broker with Davis & Frese Inc. Realtors, was recently recognized at the Quincy Association of Realtors awards banquet. Kruser was presented with the Silver Award for sales between $2 millinon and $3 million in 2012. She is a member of the QAR, Illinois Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors, has served on several QAR committees and is dikrector on the Board of Directors at the Quincy Association of Realtors.
Greg Savage, a research associate for Pioneer in Champaign, was named the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Core Values Annual Award. A team of DuPont Pioneer leaders selects the annual award winner from the quarterly Excellence in Core Values Awards. Savage received a quarterly award in the third quarter of 2012 by responding to a situation involving required documentation and deadline seed shipment with highest ethical behavior. Savage, a Warsaw High School Class of 2005 graduate, is a son of Don and Linda Savage of rural Sutter.
Farmers Insurance Group agent Vic Welper, whose office is in Quincy, has qualified for Farmers' Topper Club and Championship designations for outstanding sales and customer service for 2012. This is the 17th Topper Club and sixth Championship qualification for Welper in his 25 year career with the company. The designations include the top 2 percent of Farmers agents companywide.
Firefighter Stephen Wiewel is the Quincy Fire Department's Employee of the Month for February. Wiewel is a nine-year veteran of the department, starting his tenure on Jan. 12, 2004. He is assigned as a firefighter on the First Shift. Wiewel is certified as a Firefighter III, apparatus engineer, haz-mat technician and paramedic. He earned his associate's degree in fire science from John Wood Community College. He serves as a member of the Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Teams.
Joyce Stevens, a registered nurse, retired from Blessing Hospital on Feb. 15 after 30 years of service. Stevens retires from the Emergency Department after starting in the nursing float pool in 1983. She has experience on the psychiatric, medical/surgical, intermediate care, and intensive care units at Blessing Hospital. She is a graduate of Quincy University and Blessing-Rieman School of Nursing. Stevens continues to work for the Quincy Public Schools at Quincy Junior High School as head nurse. She is an Illinois certified school nurse and school nurse emergency course instructor. Stevens is a resident of Quincy.