Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the recipients of the 2023 Governor’s Fire Service Awards as part of the annual Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Expo and Symposium in Virginia Beach. Established in 2002, the Governor’s Fire Service Awards honor excellence in Virginia’s fire service and are facilitated by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs in collaboration with the Virginia Fire Services Board. “We join together in celebration and gratitude for the incredible contributions made by these first responders and support staff. In the midst of recent tragedy, we are grateful for these fearless heroes who run towards danger to protect and serve their fellow Virginians every day,” said Governor Youngkin.

 

The 2023 Governor’s Fire Service Awards Recipients are as follows:

VIRGINIA FIRE CHIEF OF THE YEAR: Melvin Carter, City of Richmond Fire and Emergency Services and Monty Coleman, Forest Volunteer Fire Department.

 

VIRGINIA FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Henry Spencer, Arlington County Fire Department.

EXCELLENCE IN VIRGINIA FIRE SERVICES: Micah Kiger, Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue.

 

EXCELLENCE IN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY RISK REDUCTION: City of Lynchburg Fire Department.

 

EXCELLENCE IN VIRGINIA FIRE SERVICE TRAINING:  Adam Still, Winchester Fire and Rescue; and Mike Musser, Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.

 

CIVILIAN EXCELLENCE IN VIRGINIA FIRE SERVICE SUPPORT: Metro Richmond Flying Squad.

 

PRIVATE SECTOR EXCELLENCE IN VIRGINIA FIRE SERVICE SUPPORT: Joe Pack, Atlantic Emergency Solutions.

 

OUTSTANDING FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE: Engine

Company 17, Virginia Beach Fire Department and Blairs Fire and Rescue.

– Submitted by Will Merritt