In her letter nominating Chief Lippman, Sherri Jo Stowell said, “Battalion Chief Wendy Lippman has dedicated herself to protecting the emotional health of her fire department family. She truly recognizes the need to address the stress and emotional trauma that firefighters experience on the job and the strain it has on their personal lives. She refuses to allow this issue to be pushed aside because it is uncomfortable for many to face. She has been willing to push back against the resistance, to say it’s time to be pro-active, it’s time to prevent the next tragedy related to firefighter mental health.”
The Firefighter Hero program is a joint effort between MAGLITE® and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The program periodically honors single firefighters, groups or whole departments for extraordinary commitment to upholding excellence in firefighting and related activities.
“It’s always a good day when we can take the time to acknowledge the great work being done by firefighters and fire departments around the country,” said Chief Ronald Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “Thanks to MAGLITE®, more people will now know about the great efforts by the fire service to keep us all safe.”
“Our commitment to our firefighters and other first-responders is part of our culture and history at MAGLITE® and we will never waiver from it,” said Anthony Maglica, Founder and CEO of Mag Instrument, Inc. “This is why we are committed to supporting this program and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I am very happy to honor these true heroes with this award and a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in their name which will be permanently displayed on a brick at the National Fallen Firefighters Walk of Honor®.”