New York City firefighter Ray Pfeifer and Fire Chief Eric Greaser, from the Flower Mound, (TX) Fire Department have been named recipients of the 2016 Fire News Outstanding Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at Firehouse Expo at 1500 on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Music City Center in Nashville.
Both fire service veterans were nominated by their colleagues who indicated that they have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Their efforts have not only helped improve the fire departments they serve, but the future of the fire service.
“These leaders have continued to give selflessly of themselves by putting the needs of others first. They are representatives of the men and women of our nation that go the extra step to make a difference in the lives of others,” stated Tim Edwards, Editor of Fire News.
Ray Pfeifer has demonstrated courage, dedication and tenacity while battling stage-four cancer contracted from his tireless efforts at Ground Zero, yet he is still advocating for his colleagues in the fire service. Pfeifer was instrumental in getting legislation enacted to help all firefighters suffering from 9/11-related illnesses and, on Dec. 18, 2015, saw President Obama sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This reopened the Victim Compensation Fund for those who suffered injuries or death as a result of 9/11 and it’s after effects.
Eric Greaser has been pivotal in transforming the Flower Mound Fire Department both organizationally and operationally. Greaser’s leadership has forged meaningful relationships within the city and across other public safety agencies in the region. He is dedicated to the development of all fire department personnel and has brought the pride of being a firefighter into the department.