Issue 8 and Volume 164.

LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE announced Master Firefighter Hope Scott of the Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department (VBFD) and Firefighter Martin “Skip” Ockomon of the Anderson (IN) Fire Department (AFD) as the recipients of its National Firemark Awards for Heroism and Community Service, respectively. Liberty Mutual awarded the VBFD and AFD each with a $10,000 grant in the winners’ honor. The Liberty Mutual Firemark Award is presented annually to U.S. firefighters who best represent their communities through courageous valor and who best demonstrate the firefighter’s selfless spirit. Other past Liberty Mutual Firemark Award winners are celebrated on www.BeFireSmart.com, an educational Web site created by Liberty Mutual for fire safety and prevention. The NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA) celebrated Sparky the Fire Dog’s® 60th birthday at the 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo as part of a year-long celebration. A costumed six-foot Sparky participated in several special activities planned in his honor. Highlights of…

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