Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca Fire Department sent out the following news release on Sunday afternoon:

“The Ithaca Fire Department is proud to announce that Firefighter Russell T. Vidler was named the 2015 Drill Sergeant of the Year for the US Army’s 98th Training Division.

“Russ completed a wide variety of grueling physical and mental challenges at Fort Huachuca, Az. Firefighter Vidler, husband and father of three, balances his time between the Ithaca Fire Department and in the U.S. Army, serving both his community and his country.”


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The 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) also posted a photo of Vidler:

Here’s the caption for the photo above: “Army Reserve drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler, 98th Training Division (IET), negotiates the mud obstacle during day 3 of the 2015 108th TC Drill Sergeant of the Year competition held at Fort Huachuca.”

And some more photos of Vidler posted on the Ithaca Fire Department Facebook page:

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.