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Submit nominations to:
jill.p.bronaugh@ks.gov
or
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Attn: Jill Bronaugh
800 SW Jackson St., Suite 104
Topeka, KS, 66612-1216

Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award

McGaughey award presentation
On the evening of Thursday, November 21, 1968, a fire alarm was received from the Yingling Chevrolet Company of Wichita, Kansas. While fighting the fire, the roof collapsed and Fire Chief Tom McGaughey, Chief Fire Inspector M.O. Wells, and firefighters Dale J. Mishler and Jimmy Lee Austin were trapped under tons of burning debris and twisted steel.  For those fellow firefighters at the scene, as well as those who manned the stations that night, the tragedy and the horror of it all was etched in their minds forever. 

In 1971, in memory of Chief Tom McGaughey, his fellow firefighters and this tragic event, an award was established in his name to commend a fire department and the firefighters whose bravery and courage went above and beyond the call of duty.

This year marks the 44th year of Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award, which will be presented at the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference in October.

Nominations

To nominate commendable firefighters for the Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award, please submit the nomination form below. You may also print and email the nomination form (download below), along with supporting documents, to jill.p.bronaugh@ks.gov or mail to: Office of the State Fire Marshal, Attn: Kevin Doel, 800 SW Jackson St., Suite 104, Topeka, KS, 66612-1216.

The nomination must also include adequate supporting documents to substantiate bravery and courage above and beyond the call of duty. These should include the official fire report, supplemental fire reports and narratives, news articles and information on any other awards or recognition for the incident.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 TOM McGAUGHEY AWARD ARE DUE OCT. 13,2017.

Please complete and submit the online form below or print a nomination form (below) and mail it to:
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Attn: Jill Bronaugh
800 SW Jackson St., Suite 104
Topeka, KS, 66612-1216 
Supporting Documents
Please attached any supporting documents for your nomination.
 

Downloadable Nomination Form to Print and Mail