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Your Opportunity to Recognize a Hero

There can be no better way to memorialize the memory of a great man than to recognize others who remind us of that man's character, integrity and dignity. With that thought in mind I am asking everyone in the fire engineering family to think about this last year. Is there a firefighter that you know of, a firefighter that you read about who performed an act of heroism which was so selfless and so courageous that it reminded you of the late deputy chief Ray Downey. If so please go to

and nominate that person for the Ray Downey courage and valor award.

Too often we allow our humility to overwhelm our sense of propriety. Deeds of great valor need to be recognized, firefighters of tremendous character and integrity need to be held up as models especially in today's trying times. People need to know that there are men and women who do not risk their lives for money, benefits or health care they do it because it's the right thing to do. They'd risk their lives because another human being needed them to do so without hesitation, without thought of self-preservation and without any consideration to being remunerated or recognized.

I am asking each and every one of you, to send this out among your social networks and let's find the firefighter whose performance in the line of duty reminded us of the legacy of deputy chief Ray Downey. Please help us find the right person to recognize on this the 10th anniversary of the most horrific attack in the history of our nation, an attack which took the lives of thousands of Americans including deputy chief Ray Downey.

The winner will be flown to FDIC 2011 this March to attend FDIC 2011and on the 23rd of March during the opening ceremonies of FDIC 2011 they will receive the Ray Downey courage and valor metal along with a check for $35,000.

Again please help us find the 2011 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award winner, thank you , Bobby

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