Durango firefighter earns recognition, $5K

Hal Doughty, deputy chief of operations with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority, has received a Safe FireFighter of the Year Award.

He accepted the award at the National Fire Department Instructor Conference in Indianapolis on Friday. In July 2011, Doughty was named Safe Firefighter of the Month by Hale Products, a company that makes pumps used by fire departments. The monthly recognition automatically put him in the running for Safe FireFighter of the Year.

Along with the recognition, Doughty and the DFRA received a new, custom-built pump by Hale Products and a $5,000 grant.

“What means the most is that this all happened because of my staff,” Doughty said. “The guys that I’m doing this work for recognized me, and that means so much to me.”

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