By Mike Perleberg
State Rep. Randy Frye (left) and Jefferson-Craig Fire & Rescue volunteer Chief Christopher See pose with their awards from the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association.
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(Vevay, Ind.) - A southeast Indiana fire chief has been named the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for the entire state.
Christopher See is the chief of the Jefferson-Craig Fire & Rescue in Switzerland County. He was given the honor by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association at the Indiana Emergency Response Conference held August 21-24 in Indianapolis.
See credits his department’s members for the award.
“It is truly an honor for the entire fire department,” he told the Vevay Reveille Enterprise newspaper. “Not just one person can achieve that. It takes the whole group.”
See has been a firefighter since he was a senior student at Switzerland County High School in 2001. He was the Jeff-Craig assistant chief before becoming chief earlier last year.
District 67 State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) was named the organization’s Legislator of the Year. A former firefighter, Frye was recognized for his efforts to pass House Enrolled Act 1325, which allows the State Disaster Relief Fund to be used to pay first responders. The new law also provides funds for local fire departments to bring in backup firefighters to replace those who responded to a disaster.
“After the tragedy in Henryville, local departments had to cover the cost of paying overtime wages to first responders, as well as the cost of backup firefighters to serve their own municipality,” Frye said in a news release. “It was crucial for the state to step in and alleviate those burdensome costs in the future.”