The official award presentation will take place during the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
VFIS Executive Vice President Dr. Bill Jenaway noted, “Russ Sanders has distinguished himself on so many levels and in so many areas within the fire and emergency services. He has made significant contributions in the areas of public safety and prevention, research, codes and standards and leadership. Like the late Mason Lankford, he has dedicated his career to building and stronger and safer profession for all who serve. The CFSI Board of Directors congratulates him and looks forward to honoring him on April 25, 2019.
Chief Sanders has certainly earned this honor. He has served as a member of the fire and emergency services since 1967 and has been a member of the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department for more than 27 years running. For nine of those years, he serves as chief, and worked hand-in-hand with local city officials to pass important legislation mandating that all unsprinklered high-rise buildings throughout the city be retrofitted to offer automatic sprinkler protection. After its approval, this measure undoubtedly had a significant impact. During his lengthy career, Chief Sanders has also served in important leadership positions for various national and international organizations and committees. He spent time as:
VFIS would like to sincerely congratulate Chief Sanders on his accomplishments and this award, and to deeply thank him for his dedication and commitment to the fire service, which as undoubtedly made an impact on many lives.
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