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SALT LAKE CITY – On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Salt Lake City Fire Department held its annual Fall Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Public Safety Building.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Fire Chief Karl Lieb and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown were among Salt Lake City leadership who honored individuals, whose exceptional efforts in the last six months, saved lives and demonstrated unique dedication to service.
Honorees included Firefighter/Engineer Travis Smith, Captain Chad Doyle, Captain Tony Allred, and Officer Tod Kershaw, (of the Salt Lake City Police Department).
Smith was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his quick mitigation of flooding that inadvertently affected a home next to a residential fire that was being extinguished. Smith’s attention to detail and quick thinking helped minimize the damage to both homes affected.
Doyle received the Distinguished Service Medal for his implementation of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). A CWPP is mechanism for communities to address their wildfire risks, and in this case, Doyle collaborated with Utah Association of Counties, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the Utah State Fire Chiefs Association, and various fire departments and policy groups to shift its wildfire strategy. The new effort focuses on local, pro-active risk reduction efforts rather than reactive fire suppression. And with those efforts, the state agrees to pay the costs of large and extended wildland fires.
Doyle completed the first-of-its kind community project — that was anticipated to take a year — in only six months.
In a particularly emotional presentation, SLCPD Officer Tod Kershaw accepted the Meritorious Service Medal. Officer Kershaw was working in the Sugarhouse area when he responded to a reported suicide attempt. Kershaw arrived in minutes, cut down the individual who attempted to hang himself, and Kershaw saved his life. SLC Fire first responders arrived shortly afterward.
“This is an example of exceptional teamwork by Salt Lake City Fire, Salt Lake City Police and dispatchers,” said SLFD Public Information Officer Audra Sorensen. “Our public safety group works seamlessly together and has the highest of respect for one another.”
The Medal of Gallantry was presented to SLC Fire Captain Tony Allred. While off duty on a Tuesday in June, Captain Allred happened upon an active shooter incident near a Sandy elementary school. He sprang into action, assisting victims until Sandy City first responders arrived.
ABOUT SALT LAKE CITY FIRE:
The Salt Lake City Fire Department services 94 square miles, utilizing 14 full-time fire stations at strategic locations throughout the city. The department employs 327 sworn firefighters who provide all the first-response, emergency services in the Capital City and who provide mutual aid to other fire departments along the Wasatch Front.