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Lieutenant Kenny Kirby, a twenty year volunteer member of the Concord Volunteer Fire Department, was recently recognized during the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference, held annually at the Virginia Beach Conference Center.
On Saturday, February 24, 2018, during opening ceremonies, Lt. Kirby was one of eight recipients presented with Governor’s Fire Service Awards, which recognizes those individuals that display honor and excellence in the field. The Virginia Department of Fire Programs, in partnership with the Virginia Fire Services Board, facilitated these awards, and honored Kirby with Firefighter of the Year for the Commonwealth.
Lt. Kenny Kirby has had a long and distinguished career in the field of fire service. Beginning in1998 with the Concord Volunteer Fire Department, Lt. Kirby has served as President of the Central Virginia Firefighters Association since 2013. During his time as President, he has reenergized the Association and made providing superior training its utmost priority. He has successfully hosted two regional fire schools, which have encouraged participation from students all across the Commonwealth.
Further, Lt. Kirby has a passion for fire service leadership and the betterment of his fellow firefighters. To that end, he includes not just hands-on programs and development opportunities at the regional school, but also leadership programs to ensure he captures the entire fire service audience.
“Lt. Kirby has been a fixture in our community for over twenty years, and our department is delighted to celebrate this important recognition for him,” states Tracy M. Fairchild, Director of Public Safety. “His leadership has greatly influenced various programs, and our organization has appreciated his dutiful service, faithful dedication to the citizens of Campbell County, and his ongoing passion for providing excellent public service.”
Congratulations, Lt. Kirby. Our organization thanks you for your leadership!
(Photo pictured is of Division Fire Chief Jerame Edwards and Award Recipient, Lt. Kenny Kirby)