Maryland Fire Fighter Receives Benjamin Franklin Award
Fire Fighter Jon C. Grover of the Silver Spring, Md., Fire Department was awarded the Internationa! Benjamin Franklin Fire Service Award as part of the opening ceremonies of the 100th Anniversary Conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Baltimore on October 21. Chief L.L. Kenney of Miami, Fla., president of the association, made the presentation to Grover for his March 1973 rescue of a woman trapped in an apartment fire in Silver Spring.
In addition to the commemorative plaque presented in behalf of the IAFC, Grover also received a $200 savings bond from Ray Balzer, vice president of Motorola Communications and Electronics, Inc., which worked with the IAFC to develop the recognition program and to date, supplies the awards and all program coordination.
Chief Robert Little of York, Pa., an IAFC director, also presented a special Benjamin Franklin departmental award to Chief Hunter P. Heltzel of Silver Spring and Chief David B. Gratz, director, fire and rescue services, Montgomery County, Md., and former chief of the Silver Spring department. The award recognizes the department’s outstanding fire service program.