Over 250 fire service members recently attended the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society's Winter Conference. Thankfully, this year, the weather was cooperative, but I was still astounded at the attendance level for a January conference in Michigan. It speaks to the passion and commitment of, not only those who plan this conference, but also to those who attend. Among the line-up, over the 2-day conference, was an overview of NFPA's public education materials that offered over an hour of updates on what's new in resources including the brand new look of sparky.org.
Perhaps the only thing missing, or should I say, only person missing, was past president Kevin Abasse. Kevin was a warm and familiar face, and no stranger to the Kellogg Center, where the conference has been held for many years. Last week I learned of his very recent battle with cancer. Sadly, I just learned of his passing.
Our work to prevent loss of life seems that much more important when we lose one of our own too soon. Please think of Kevin's family and his friends at the Michigan Fire Inspector's Society as you carry on respectively in the important work that we do.
Pictured below: 2011 MFIS President Kevin Abasse and Meredith Hawes presenting the Educator of Year Award to Jodi Scott.