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Marsha Giesler, public education officer with the Downers Grove Fire Department in Illinois said she felt humbled and honored when she was chosen the 2012 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
“This acknowledgment is one of the greatest validations for our public education efforts,” she said. “When a highly respected organization such as NFPA is standing behind you, it reinforces the importance and value of fire and life safety education to the fire service and local community.”
Giesler has implemented fire and life safety programs in her community using NFPA materials for more than 20 years. She was chosen for the award because of her hard work, creativity, excellence, and innovation in reaching out to her community with the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program, Risk Watch, and Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.
Giesler was honored during an award presentation at the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas in June 2012. “I will not forget that moment,” she said. “I was smiling ear to ear. I was honored to receive the award from Ernest Grant (NFPA Board First Vice Chair) whose work I have admired for a long time.”
The NFPA Public Education Division will be accepting applications for the next award  through February 22, 2013. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and travel to Chicago in June 2013 for an award presentation at the general session of the NFPA Conference. The educator’s fire department will receive a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.