Congressional Fire Services Institute Announcement

(Washington, DC) The Congressional Fire Services Institute and Motorola, Inc. are proud to announce Chief John Eversole as the recipient of the 2001 Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. A veteran firefighter with over 30 years of experience, Eversole currently serves as District Chief of Special Functions for the Chicago Fire Department. The awards presentation will take place at the 13th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25th, in Washington, DC.

Over the past decade, Eversole has played a major role in helping to shape legislation impacting the fire service � particularly in the areas of hazardous materials, firefighter safety and terrorism. He has often been called to testify before Congressional committees on issues involving domestic terrorist threats. In 1998, Eversole was a major force behind efforts to thwart the release on the internet of �worst case scenario� information on chemical sites, considered one of the greatest victories for the fire service in Washington, DC that year.

�A man of steadfast principles, I have never known John to compromise his position that would otherwise undermine the safety of his brethren firefighters,� said Congressman Curt Weldon, founder of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. �He�s part diplomat and part activist, the type of individual you would want advocating your cause. For as long as I�ve known John, he has always served the fire service with distinction advancing causes that benefit all first responders.�

Named after the late-Mason Lankford of Denton, Texas, the award recognizes individual leadership in advancing fire service issues at all levels of government. Lankford , a former fire marshal from the state of Texas, played a pivotal role in the development of the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Congressional Fire Services Caucus. The award, co-sponsored by CFSI and Motorola, Inc., is presented at the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner scheduled for April 25th. For more information, go to, or call 202-371-1277

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