Pampa Kiwanis Club awards Firefighter/Law Enforcement of the Year for 2020
The Pampa Kiwanis Club awarded their Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards Friday at their weekly club meeting.
The annual accolades are normally awarded around September 11 every year, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the event until last week.
The following presentations were made by Kiwanian John Warner at the event:
2020 Firefighter of the Year- Kasey Presson
The Firefighter of the Year should be a person of passion, a passion for firefighting and a passion for people.
The Firefighter of the Year for 2020 meets both criteria. He continues to increase his firefighting knowledge as he has risen through the ranks. He has served the City of Pampa Fire Department since 2005. He was promoted to Equipment Operator in 2010. He was promoted again to Pampa Fire Captain in 2015. In 2016 he became a Certified Fire Officer. He obtained his Advanced Firefighter certification in 2016 He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2017. He obtained certification in 2020 as an Advanced Fire Inspector Fire Instructor 3 and Incident Safety Officer.
In 2020 the Firefighter of the Year developed and submitted a grant research project for new fire radios. The Federal Emergency Management Agency selected the project for a $90,000 grant to the City of Pampa Fire Department for new fire radios.
When a person has a passion for people, he makes it a point to notice things that other people might overlook. For example, last year he noticed that Deputy Chief Mike Day was not his usual self when he reported for duty one day. From his training the Firefighter of the Year recognized symptoms of a heart attack. He took immediate and decisive action. It turned out that Chief Day had a 99 percent blockage in his arteries. Doctors said that without the immediate action by the Firefighter of the Year, Deputy Chief Day probably would have died that day!
The Firefighter of the Year’s passion for people saved a life.
Many times it is difficult for someone to respond appropriately when a family member is involved. The Firefighter of the Year responded to a structure fire at a family member’s house last year. Despite his own personal feelings and concerns he was able to take command of the on-scene units. He directed the fire attack until the fire was out and the victim was found.
Fire Chief Greg Lee says the Fire Fighter of the Year “has gone above and beyond his normal day to day duties .... (He) is a hard worker and is very knowledgeable about the fire service and strives every day to make the community a safer place.”
The Firefighter of the Year and his wife, Lindsey, have been married for seven years and have two children.
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the 2020 Firefighter of the Year...Kasey Presson!
2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year- Kevin Coffman
The 2020 Law Enforcement Office of the Year grew up in Amarillo, Texas. After graduating from high school, he served as a prison guard for four years for the Texas Department of Corrections. He graduated from the Amarillo Police Academy in 2002 and has been in law enforcement since that time.
Pampa was fortunate to welcome him to the City of Pampa Police Department two years ago. He has served our community as the School Resource Officer. He was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal. At the end of this school year, he is scheduled to move to the Patrol Division.
Our Law Enforcement Officer of the Year counts it a huge blessing to serve our community as a law enforcement officer. He is grateful for a long career in public service.
Pampa Chief of Police Lance Richburg said, ‘Kevin has been a great asset to our agency since he arrived. We are blessed to have him.’
The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year has a daughter, Kayley, who is a 20 year old Student at West Texas A&M University. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year .... Kevin Coffman!