It came as no surprise to me to learn that Ron Farr had been recently bestowed with the high honor of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Volunteer Fire Council. In my mind the only thing that prevented him from receiving it much sooner, would simply be the "lifetime" qualification.
While I have only known Ron for the past 10 years, he had dedicated over 50 to the fire service, and undoubtedly made a huge impact on a great many lives. As the former State Fire Marshal in Michigan, Ron was one of the first people to reach out and provide support for fire & life safety education initiatives I was spearheading, and he was quick to offer hands-on assistance delivering training and information alongside me to our school administrators and educators. His guidance helped to develop vital safety programs offered in our local area, and his mentoring was influential in shaping the direction of my work. And still today, Ron is a trusted resource and good friend. I am proud to give a shout-out for a well deserved award to a rock-solid guy. Congratulations Ron Farr!