Lexipol’s FireRescue1, the leading news site for fire service leaders and professionals, has been honored with a second-place award for Best News Story, Series or Feature in the 2022 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Media Awards. The awards program recognizes the work of fire service journalists and publications that seek to increase awareness of the challenges and successes of the profession and the role of the fire service in protecting the public.
FireRescue1 Editor-in-Chief Janelle Foskett authored the recognized article, ‘The focus was the job’: 9 months working the pile, which focuses on FDNY Chief Freddie LaFemina and the challenges, both physical and emotional, he experienced in the aftermath of 9/11. In sharing LaFemina’s story, Foskett captures the feelings of many first responders as they faced horror and exhaustion, while offering a glimmer of hope in their heroism and commitment to serve in the midst of personal and organizational turmoil.
Foskett shared her thoughts on being recognized in this prestigious industry award program for such an impactful story: “I greatly appreciate the IAFF recognizing this article and, more importantly, elevating Chief LaFemina’s story. I am incredibly grateful to the chief for trusting FireRescue1 to share his unique and highly personal experience responding to the World Trade Center and working the pile for 9 months. Chief LaFemina is the one who deserves all the recognition here.”
With an average of almost 1 million page views per month and over 400,000 registered members, FireRescue1 is the most comprehensive online news and information resource for fire service professionals across the United States.
See the complete list of winners in the 2022 IAFF Media Awards.