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State Fire Marshal Honors Outstanding Achievements in Fire Prevention
05/14/2011
Rich Hoover
Office of State Fire Marshal
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-8217

Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker bestowed the Office of State Fire Marshal's highest awards for outstanding achievement in fire prevention and fire safety education during the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association annual Meritorious Awards Banquet in Salem, May 14, 2011.
 
The Golden Sparky award was presented to Canby Fire Marshal/Division Chief Troy Buzalsky and the Silver Sparky was presented to Lynda Kristoffersen, President of the Bay Area Sunrise Rotary Club in Coos Bay. These awards represent the highest honor given by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, a division of Oregon State Police.
 
"In his more than 25 years serving in the Canby Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division, Fire Marshal/Division Chief Troy Buzalsky has personally taught more than 7,500 grade school kids, and developed a student outreach program that rewards them for completing interactive homework with their families," said Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Every year, Fire Marshal Buzalsky has tirelessly recruited area businesses and community partners to maintain funding for this successful program. Throughout Canby he is known as Fireman Troy and has served for years as a great mentor to the community."
 
"The Bay Area Sunrise Rotary Club has performed a great service to the communities of Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, and beyond, by committing to spreading the fire safety message to these communities," said Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "The Rotary club has used grant money to conduct fire safety training for the public, and to organize an extensive advertising campaign on home fire safety. As part of their efforts, they have provided smoke alarms and fire extinguishers free to the public. I cannot think of another group more deserving of this award."
 
The Golden Sparky is awarded to fire personnel for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety and the Silver Sparky is awarded to a civilian, company, or non-profit organization for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety.
 
For more information on home fire safety, visit the OSFM website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/