The North Carolina State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA) and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs (NCAFC) presented their 2013-2014 “Friends of the Fire Service Award” yesterday to Rep. Tim Moffitt in recognition of his work on behalf of the firefighters of Buncombe County and across the state of North Carolina.
The award, an engraved oak plaque emblazoned with the Great Seal of North Carolina on a fireman’s shield, is inscribed to Rep. Moffitt “With deep appreciation for your visionary guidance and undaunting leadership to protecting the vital programs of our North Carolina Firefighters.”
“It’s a truly humbling experience to be recognized by our community’s firefighters,” said Moffitt, who was visibly moved at receiving the award. “I grew up admiring these heroes for their bravery, and that admiration has only grown stronger now over time. They can continue to always count on me.”
Moffitt was also presented with an honorary firefighter’s helmet on behalf of the fire chiefs by Ryan Cole, Deputy Chief of the Skyland Fire Rescue Department. “This is about the coolest thing ever,“ said Moffitt with a smile. “I think I finally managed to impress my 16-year-old son.”
Moffitt was instrumental in protecting fire departments from proposed budget cuts this year and advancing key legislation that has directly benefitted firefighters and their families.
The service award was presented to Moffitt by Chief Anthony Penland at the Broad River Volunteer Fire Station before a packed room which included most of the county’s 19 fire chiefs and other county firefighters. Penland is chief of the Swannanoa Fire Department and Past President of the Buncombe County Chief’s Association and currently serves as Western Director for the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.
The North Carolina State Firemen’s Association was chartered in 1887 and represents more than 51,000 members statewide. The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs represents the more than 1,300 fire chiefs across the state and is headquartered near Fayetteville.