FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2015
Contact: Amanda Fontaine Emily Myers Garner
MBF Executive Director SOIRÉE, LLC ~ Event Planning & PR
(601) 540 – 2995 601-212-9870
Mississippi Burn Foundation
Recognizes 2014-2015 HEARTS FOR HEROES
“FIRE CHIEF OF THE YEAR”
(Jackson, MS) – The Mississippi Burn Foundation recently honored outstanding firefighters for exemplary job performance in 2014-2015. Top firefighters and fire departments were recognized during “Hearts for Heroes,” a special awards gala presented by the Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. Event sponsors included United States Environmental Services (USES), Southern Pine Electric Power Association, Woodmen of the World, McClain Lodge, Capital City Beverages, Southern Beverage Company, E&J Gallo Winery, and Soiree, LLC ~ Event Planning & Public Relations. Held at McClain Lodge in Brandon, the Valentine-themed event featured cocktails, a seated dinner, and live music by songwriter and firefighter Shannon Sandridge. Finalists and winners received awards sponsored by Colonial Pipeline, Emergency Equipment Professionals and Merit Health Central Mississippi Medical Center. Nominations were received from across the state in the following categories – Fire Chief of the Year, Fire Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and Fire Department of the Year. Fire Chief of the Year nominees must have demonstrated outstanding management of their department and heroic service to the community. Chief Michael Beyerstedt of the Gulfport Fire Department and Assistant Chief Keith Boston of the Greenville Fire Department were selected as finalists. The 2014-2015 Fire Chief of the Year was awarded to Chief Jerry Dubuisson of the Diamondhead Fire Department.
FINALIST – CHIEF MICHAEL BEYERSTEDT, Gulfport Fire Department
Chief Beyerstedt has a constant focus on excellence and dedication to customer service of the citizens of Gulfport. He reminds each of his firefighters daily of the commitment that is necessary to serve his great city. The chief works closely with other departments along the Gulf Coast to ensure fire department operations are ready to go at high levels during an emergency; he has made training, medical life support function and fire suppression activities a true priority in his administration and it is noticed statewide. Referred to by his peers as “a man of character and extreme dedication to the job” it is apparent that Chief Beyerstedt is a true public servant and friend of fire service and the State of Mississippi.
PICTURED ABOVE: FINALIST – CHIEF MICHAEL BEYERSTEDT, Gulfport Fire Department
MBF’s 2014 – 2015 HEARTS FOR HEROES Fire Chief of the Year Finalist (Front Row L-R): Jeff Kuntz, Emergency Equipment Professionals, Chief Michael Beyerstedt, Gulfport Fire Department, Amanda Fontaine, Mississippi Burn Foundation and Ann Lott, Colonial Pipeline.
FINALIST – ASSISTANT CHIEF KEITH BOSTON, Greenville Fire Department
A veteran firefighter with 18 years of experience, Assistant Chief Boston is known for being a team player that helps boost morale and increase productivity among his firefighters. He has logged hundreds of hours in fire service training and recently completed Fire Service Management at the state Fire Academy. He is responsible for designing the winning artwork that is now seen on the Greenville Fire Department patch and the signature “Dedication Coin” that is given to firefighters with 5 or more years of service. Selected as “Officer of the Year” at the 1st Annual Firemen’s Ball in Greenville, Boston’s dedication to his profession is evident. He is a genuine community leader with the heart of a hero.
PICTURED ABOVE: FINALIST – ASSISTANT CHIEF KEITH BOSTON, Greenville Fire Department
MBF’s 2014 – 2015 HEARTS FOR HEROES Fire Chief of the Year Finalist (Front Row L-R): Jeff Kuntz, Emergency Equipment Professionals, Assistant Chief Keith Boston, Greenville Fire Department, Amanda Fontaine, Mississippi Burn Foundation and Ann Lott, Colonial Pipeline.
WINNER – CHIEF JERRY DUBUISSON, Diamondhead Fire Department
Throughout his long fire service career, Chief Dubuisson has served the fire service as a genuine example of a leader and mentor. Working his way up through the ranks of the fire department, the Chief has always taken time with his fellow firefighters to ensure they capture the knowledge necessary to be the best they can be. The Chief is always looking to make the people around him better. Chief Dubuisson has risen every time he has been called into action by this job. From his heroic leadership during Hurricane Katrina to his innovative concepts in the fire department today, Chief Dubuisson keeps the needs of his firefighters and his community ahead of himself. He has dedicated his entire professional career to serving others and his passion and dedication to fire service is exemplified by his daily actions in the City of Diamondhead and the people of the Gulf Coast. His professionalism is the model that every fire chief should display. Chief Dubuisson’s name is synonymous with community servant.
PICTURED ABOVE: Chief Dubuisson, Diamondhead Fire Department
MBF’s 2012 – 2013 HEARTS FOR HEROES Fire Chief of the Year Winner (Front Row L-R): Jeff Kuntz, Emergency Equipment Professionals, Scott Dubuisson, Brother of Chief Dubuisson and former Long Beach Firefighter, Amanda Fontaine, Mississippi Burn Foundation, Ann Lott, Colonial Pipeline and Nick Dubuisson, Nephew of Chief Dubuisson and Biloxi Firefighter.
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