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Honoring Those Who Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award:  Honoring Those Who Go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

The fire service is no stranger to heroic acts. Every day, firefighters around the nation perform bravely under the most stressful and dangerous conditions; when asked about these moments of valor after the fact, most firefighters simply say they’re “just doing their job.” In fact, the tendency to be modest with regard to courageous and exemplary actions is yet another hallmark of our firefighting culture.

But even among heroes, there are some situations and behaviors that rise above and stand out as testaments to this unflinching and honorable profession. Every year, Fire Engineering and FDIC, in conjunction with the Courage & Valor Foundation, have the honor of paying tribute to a firefighter whose actions on the fireground shone especially bright. This tribute takes the form  of the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award, named in honor of the late FDNY Deputy Chief Ray Downey, who gave his life on September 11, 2001 and whose actions that day set the standard for other firefighters to aspire to.

But we need your help in identifying those whose actions warrant this award. If you know of a firefighter who merits this distinction, please download the submission form for next year’s Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award HERE (PDF, 151 KB) and e-mail it to us by January 7, 2014.

The winner will be selected by the Courage & Valor Foundation and Chief Downey’s sons, Joe and Chuck. They will be flown out to FDIC 2014, where they will presented with the award during the Opening Ceremony, along with a check for $35,000.

Don’t let modesty stand in the way of celebrating a firefighter whose valiant actions ought to be admired. Download the nomination form and send it to us today.

For past winners of the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award, go to our FDIC coverage page or courageandvalor.org.