James Floyd, a six-year veteran of the McKinney Fire Department, received a standing ovation when he was announced as the 2012 firefighter of the year at a recent ceremony.
More than 100 of McKinney’s bravest public servants and their guests assembled for the Sixth Annual Firefighter Ball and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 8.
According to a co-worker, “Jim demonstrates exemplary courage and leadership while facing a significant personal medical battle.”
When announcing Floyd’s selection for the recognition, Fire Chief Danny Kistner said, “Jim’s courage and persistence, despite continued adversity, is a model for all to emulate. It is a reflection of the character of the man.”
Floyd, affectionately nicknamed Blue, joined the McKinney Fire Dept. in 2006 following a 6-year career with the Key Biscayne, Fla., Fire Department. When asked why his family relocated to McKinney, Jim stated, “We had visited McKinney several times and enjoyed the community and the lifestyle. McKinney is a great place to raise our family.”
As the audience stood and applauded, Firefighter Jim Floyd humbly accepted the firefighter of the year award, stating simply that he is grateful for the recognition; but, more importantly for the support of his fire department family.
Other awards for the evening included recognition of Andrew Barr, Deputy Fire Marshal, as the civilian employee of the year. Additionally Kristie McCauley, a 9-1-1 operator for McKinney, received recognition for her work with the McTown Klownz as Daisy the Dispatcher. Firefighter Juan Zapata was recognized for his contributions to programs focusing on ESL residents and for his efforts focused on increasing workplace diversity and Firefighter Pieter Wasserman was recognized for his work on behalf of the Firefighter Chaplaincy Program and leading the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters.
Lastly, a local non-profit, Seniors Helping Seniors, received a certificate of appreciation for their work with the department’s Remembering When program, focusing on fire, burn and fall safety education for residents age 60 and over.
The Firefighter Ball, underwritten by local corporations and merchants, including Raytheon Network Centric Systems, Encore Wire, Market Street, and Creative by Design, included dinner for firefighters and guests, door prizes, and dancing.
McKinney Fire Dept. spokesperson Stacie Durham said, “This was a wonderful evening, made possible through the generosity of corporate sponsors and local merchants. We truly appreciate the support exhibited by the community.”
Photo of James Floyd courtesy of McKinney Fire Department