WASHINGTON -- Navy and Marine Corps firefighters and fire and emergency services departments won six of the twelve Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services of the Year Awards for 2013. The Department of Defense's Annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards are presented by the Secretary of Defense to Department of Defense firefighters and fire and emergency services departments that go above and beyond the call of duty.
From fighting fires, to delivering babies, to raising fire safety awareness, to responding to emergencies, these individuals and teams demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the safety of Department of the Navy personnel and resources.
The 2013 Navy and Marine Corps winners are as follows:
- The Award for Heroism is presented to Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services, under the leadership of Chief Charles Miedzinkski.
- The Civilian Firefighter of the Year Award is presented to Firefighter David Lewis from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
- The Civilian Fire Officer of the Year Award is presented to Chief Peter Sorensen, the Commander of Navy Region Japan Fire and Emergency Services.
- The Fire Prevention Program of the Year Award is presented to Navy Region Southwest, under the leadership of Chief Ernst Piercy and Chief Frank Montone.
- The Medium Fire Department of the Year Award is presented to Naval Station Rota, Spain, under the leadership of Chief Cort Jamison and Chief William Shanholtzer.
- The Large Fire Department of the Year Award is presented to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, under the leadership of Chief Thomas C. Thompson.