The Friends for Fort Worth Firefighters is a nonprofit organization formed in 1986. For 20 years, Friends provided special recognition to Fire Department personnel in the form of an awards banquet. Kay Day, the founding president, said, “This is one way the community can give something back to the firefighters who risk their lives for us.”
Once held annually, the event grew to more than 700 attendees, with 10 regular award presentations being made, including Firefighter of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Medal of Valor, among others.
Nominations were received from the members of the Fort Worth Fire Department and the community. Four fire service related independent judges, from outside the city, evaluated the nominations and selected those who would be recognized..
Although many things have changed over time, the purpose of the Friends remains the same, to honor those who protect us with their service.
For more information about Friends for Fort Worth Firefighters or how you can join them in supporting the Fort Worth Fire Department, please send an email to FWFIRE@FortWorthTexas.gov. Your inquiry will be forwarded and answered promptly.