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Downers Grove's Own, Honored for Leadership in Fire Safety Education

Downers Grove Fire Chief James Jackson is pleased to announce that Public Education Officer Marsha Giesler has been chosen to receive the 2017 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award honors the legacy of Dr. Anne W. Phillips, a surgeon who treated burn injuries and whose outstanding achievements as a champion of fire prevention education has had a lasting impact on the nation's safety.

"We are incredibly proud of Marsha for her contributions to public fire safety education," said Chief Jackson. "This award is well deserved for her life-long dedication to fire safety education and the people we serve. She is truly an inspiration and a role model to other educators." 

The award is presented annually by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) at Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University. "Ms. Giesler's work as an excellent and enthusiastic educator has placed her in the position to advocate for fire prevention in Illinois and to help provide leadership and guidance as Illinois mandated fire safety education and community risk reduction for company officer and chief officer certification," according to a CFSI and IFSTA News Release.

Ms. Giesler will accept the 2017 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education on April 6 at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations, Marsha! Your hometown is extremely proud and safer thanks to you.