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800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
785-296-3403
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Nominations open for 2015 Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award

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mcgaughey award presentation

This year marks the 44th year of the Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award.

The Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs (KSAFC), the Kansas State Firefighters Association and The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) are charged with officially recognizing and commemorating exemplary accomplishments and acts of heroism by firefighters and other persons at fire-related incidents occurring in Kansas. Your fire department or a fellow firefighter could be recognized for their acts above and beyond their basic duties and responsibilities, and for exemplifying the finest traditions of the fire service.

The Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award is given annually at the KSAFC conference in October to a member or members of the fire services in the State of Kansas of whose bravery and courage went above and beyond the call of duty.

The History of this Award

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, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs and the Kansas State Firefighters Association adopted the Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award to be presented at the Fire Chiefs Conference to the fire department and the firefighter or firefighters whose bravery and courage went above and beyond the call of duty.

Nominate your fire heroes!

Please help us recognize these commendable firefighters with a nomination for the Tom McGaughey Fire Service Award. The nomination form can be found on the OSFM website at https://firemarshal.ks.gov/mcgaughey. You may also email the attached nomination form, along with supporting documents, by
October 2, 2015 to kevin.doel@ksfm.ks.gov or mail to: Office of the State Fire Marshal, Attn: Kevin Doel, 800 SW Jackson St., Suite 104, Topeka, KS, 66612-1216.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you have do not receive confirmation from our office stating that we have received your submission, please contact Kevin Doel at kevin.doel@ksfm.ks.gov or 785-296-3403. Some large files may not go through properly.