FSTI presents Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Richard Resurreccion and U.S. Fire Academy Superintendent Tonya Hoover

Fire Services Training Institute
PO Box 550
Santa Barbara, CA 93116

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CONTACT: Mike Williams, President-Executive Director

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FSTI presents Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Richard Resurreccion and U.S. Fire Academy Superintendent Tonya Hoover

The Board of Directors of the Fire Services Training Institute and the previous award recipients are pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Resurreccion and U.S. Fire Academy Superintendent Tonya Hoover have been awarded the Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award for 2020 and 2021 for their distinguished service, commitment and dedication in the highest honor of the American fire service. Both of the recipients were selected from an extensive list of remarkable individuals who have dedicated their lives with passion and commitment to public service, education and training.

The first FSTI Distinguished Service Award was presented during opening ceremonies of the 2009 California State Firefighters’ Association 87th Annual Conference in Sacramento to Chief Howard W. Rayon. A resolution was then presented naming the award in honor of his tremendous contributions, leadership, lifetime achievements and dedication to the fire service.  Howard was a significant influence in the development of FSTI and served as corporate secretary until his death on 19 October 2009.

The second recipient of the award was Chief Paul Stein in 2010 at the request of Howard himself. Other recipients include Ronny J. Coleman in (2011), Bill Vandevort (2012) Thomas Forster (2013), Michael T. Metro (2014), Dr. Denis Onieal (2016), Randy Bruegman (2017) and Gordon Graham (2018).

The award will be presented during a private dinner in Sacramento in September 18th, 2021.


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