Published On: Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010

Boca assistant fire chief honored for post-quake work in Haiti

BOCA RATON – An assistant fire chief for Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services has been honored for his work assisting earthquake victims in Haiti.

Assistant Chief David Woodside received the Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services’ Citizen Courage Award for his “willingness to act and his selfless dedication to humanitarian needs” at a recent ceremony.

Fire Chief Tom Wood said that Chief Woodside, through his church, made many trips to Haiti to help the people there following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

By Jan. 14, Chief Woodside had organized Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department’s effort to collect and store needed relief items for later shipment out of the Port of Palm Beach.

On Jan. 20, after requesting annual leave time, Chief Woodside took a commercial flight to the Dominican Republic. While there, his church group purchased 50,000 pounds of food and other supplies and made daily round trips from Santo Domingo to the Haitian border.

At the ceremony, Chief Wood also recognized the following members of Boca Raton Fire Rescue with excellence awards:

Firefighter Chris Owen for his work in Hazardous Material, Rope Rescue and Confined Space Rescue training.

Firefighters Marcus Cooper, Matt Grunke and Supply Officer Brunner Ward for their commitment, dedication and effort during the field testing and evaluation of firefighter’s personal protective equipment.

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