Kingsport firefighter honored at state conference

Matthew Lane • Aug 3, 2018 at 11:25 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Fire Department’s own public education officer, Barry Brickey, has been named the Tennessee Public Fire Educators Association Educator of the Year.

Brickey received the Bruce Womack Fire Educator of the Year Award at the Tennessee Public Fire Educator’s Association Annual Conference in Murfreesboro last week.

“It’s such a great honor to receive ... (this) award. Bruce was a friend who cared greatly for his community and worked hard to help keep them safe,” Brickey said.

The award was established in memory of Lt. Bruce Womack, a well-known and beloved member of the Cookeville Tennessee Fire Department. Womack, better known as “Fireman Bruce,” died in May 2016 after a long battle with leukemia.

According to a press release, Brickey presented Fire and Life Safety programs to 77,318 adults and children who participated in 472 presentations and activities held for the city, local school systems, industries, medical offices, civic groups and other organizations.

Brickey also inspected 280 car seats for families and instructed them in the proper installation of child seats, along with helping distribute more than 560 smoke alarms to folks in the community who needed them.