LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Fire Department Inspector David Thomas was surprised with a prestigious award this week.
Thomas was awarded Inspector of the Year by the Fire Inspectors Association of Indiana. The award is presented once a year to one fire inspector in the state.
His boss, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Brian Alkire said Thomas' outstanding work is what lead him to be nominated.
“He always pushes everybody in the division to be better and do better at their job,” said Alkire. “He's always willing to assist with added projects.”
Thomas has been with LFD for 12 years. He said it's hard to pinpoint a particular highlight in his career but he does enjoy teaching fire prevention to local children.
“We have a whole production for Kindergarten through second grade and so we have a band and play characters and really get involved,” said Thomas.
Thomas said this accomplishment is very much a team effort but he's proud to be recognized.
“I feel honored that I'm acknowledged for doing my job,” said Thomas. “We do work as a team even throughout the whole fire inspectors association we have a really good group of people who are passionate about fire safety.”
Lafayette Fire Department received the Fire Prevention Bureau of the year award in 2013. Thomas is the first person from LFD to receive the Inspector on the Year.