Aiming to foster and promote unity and harmony among volunteer fire departments throughout Indiana
Meritorious Service Award is awarded to a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter's Association Ladies Auxiliary, for having set him or herself apart from his/her comrades by outstanding achievement or service to the Association.
It is named in honor of Miriam A. Schaekel, who served as the Auxiliary's Sergeant-of-Arms for over 30 Years. Her dedication to the betterment of the Ladies Auxiliary Association was unwavering. She performed her duties most honorably and efficiently with a smile and the good of the Association always in the forefront.
With the permission of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter's Association Auxiliary, this award will be sponsored each year by: Buz and Carol Koehler, Larry and Lou Bartlow.