An Wyoming firefighter has been honored by the U.S. Forest Service for his dedication to the conservation of wildlands and the protection of their firefighting traditions.
John Dawson, 53, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his services to the firefighting profession in Dawson, a town of 1,200 residents in Dawson County, Wyoming.
The U.N. Framework Convention on Fire Fighting (FSF) recognizes firefighters with the Distinction Citation for their exceptional service to firefighting.
Dawson was chosen for the award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which also bestowed the award on a member of its firefighting staff.
Dawsons dedication to fire fighting has been well documented, with numerous videos showing him taking fire fighters into protective fire jackets and putting them into a backless vehicle.
Dawsons bravery in the face of danger has also been recognized in other countries.
In the United States, Dawson’s commitment to the preservation of wild lands has been a hallmark of his career.
In 2007, Dawson was among those firefighters who battled the devastating wildfires in Idaho and Montana.
Dawson served as the fire chief of Dawson, the first city in the country to accept the federal wildfire response program.
In 2009, Dawson became the first person to be recognized by the National Academy of Firefighters for his contributions to fire protection, and in 2012 he was named to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter of the Year Award.
The award honors firefighters for their leadership and leadership in the protection and mitigation of wildland fires, as well as for their efforts to conserve and restore their environment.
Dwight Dawson is survived by his wife, Mary, their two children and their parents.