WOODHULL— State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, was honored by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts (IAFPD) in presenting Swanson their IAFPD 2021 Don L. Moffitt Legislator of the Year Award, named after and presented by Swanson’s predecessor in the 74th House District, which Swanson now serves.
“Rep. Swanson has been a strong advocate for the fire service while serving in the Illinois House,” said Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts (IAFPD) President Mike Dillon. “We are honored to present him this award named in honor of the work of his predecessor. Rep. Swanson had big shoes to fill and he has shown a strong dedication to continuing the great work of his predecessor and our member, former Rep. Don Moffitt.”
Swanson was awarded the recognition for his accessibility and cooperation with IAFPD legislative staff, his leadership within the Fire Caucus and serving as lead sponsor on legislation important to IAFPD.
Oxford Fire Chief Kevin Brown gave opening remarks at the Oct. 10 evening ceremony in the Oxford Fire Station. Colona Fire Chief John Swan spoke on behalf of the Illinois Firefighters Association, former Rep. Don Moffitt presented the Award to Swanson and Brown read a letter from Sen. Neil Anderson before remarks were delivered to several dozen attendees by Swanson.
“I am humbled to be honored by these hard-working fire protection professionals. I share in this award with all of our outstanding firefighters who are focused on saving lives and property as well as improving training, programming and collaboration for firefighters inIllinois,” said Swanson.
“Rep. Swanson has shown unwavering support to the fire service here in Illinois,” stated Anderson, who also serves as a professional firefighter/paramedic, in his letter read by Brown on Sunday evening. “I know when there is an issue or needed policy change to help our fire departments, Dan is the person in the House that I can count on as a partner to get legislation done. I can think of no one more deserving than you, my friend,” Anderson concluded.
The Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts (IAFPD) represents 640 fire districts throughout the state of Illinois. IAFPD advocates for the interests of the members they represent when legislation is proposed and being considered in the Illinois General Assembly.