James K. Lathrop, vice president of Koffel Associates, Inc., received this year’s Standards Medal for his longtime dedication and contributions towards NFPA technical committees. Colloquially known as “Mr. Life Safety,” Lathrop has spearheaded numerous projects including the NFPA Life Safety ® Project, and has edited four editions of the NFPA Life Safety Code® Handbook. He has also testified on a wide range of fire safety issues before U.S. House and Senate subcommittees, as well as serving as NFPA’s Chief Life Safety Engineer from 1983 to 1991.
The Standards Medal is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to fire safety and the development of codes and standards. It is also the most distinguished award given by NFPA’s Standards Council.