Final Call: Submit a Colleague for a Heroism Award

Do you know a colleague in the fire service who has done something that you would consider heroic and above and beyond the call of duty? If so, we want to hear about it for our annual Firehouse Heroism and Community Service Awards Program.

The Jan. 19 deadline is fast approaching and this is the last call for nominations for the program, which is the largest of its kind in the United States. Awards will be announced in April.

Events that occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011 are eligible for consideration. We’ll need descriptions of the acts and the circumstances, and the details that push it to the level of true heroism.

Last year’s grand prize was awarded to a Baltimore City firefighter who saved two civilians trapped in a three-story apartment building fire before becoming trapped himself and bailing out a window, falling on to concrete three floors below.

Two firefighters from Chicago were also recognized for saving a man from a structure fire during rapidly worsening fire conditions.

Each year since 1983, Firehouse has recognized the most outstanding demonstrations of valor through the nominations of peers and then selection by fire service leaders. Since its inception, the program has honored more than 5,600 firefighters for their service to their communities.

 “Your acts of courage, bravery and your willingness to go above and beyond [will be showcased] for all of the fire service to see,” said Harvey Eisner, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine.

The nomination form and more information can be found at