On April 16, The Guadalupe Fire Fighter’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas GFFFMA) met in La Grange, Texas for their 160th Semi Annual Convention. The Guadalupe District is proud to announce that William “Hank” Alex, Sr., Assistant Fire Chief of Chisholm Trail Fire and Rescue was named 2016 Fire Fighter of the Year for the Guadalupe District. Also Timothy “Tim” Keirn from Chisholm Trail Fire and Rescue was named 2016 EMS Responder of the Year. This is the first time in history of the Guadalupe District that the Firefighter of the Year and the EMS Responder of the year were from the same department. These two men were selected out of 800 firefighters and EMS personnel throughout the District. The Guadalupe District consists of 22 counties and 112 Cities and Rural Fire Departments. The State Firefighter’s and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA) is divided into 16 districts and each district will have a representative entered into the SFFMA contest in June and the winner will be announced in McAllen on June 26. Alex and Keirn are already one in sixteen finalist out of 22,199 firefighters and EMS Responders across the State of Texas.In order to meet the qualifications for the Firefighter of the Year award, one-half of the firefighter point system was the applicant must have shown acts of bravery, dedication to training, work knowledge, communication skills, innovation and attitude. They must have served on committees in their district or the State level and also must volunteer in their community and church. The other half of the point system will be the interview with three of their Peers who have won this award in the past years Chief Alex has over 25 years in the Fire and EMS Service. He believes in keeping up with the latest and newest training techniques, methods and procedures. He also holds several certifications in the fire service. He is an instructor at several local fire training Academies and has won Firefighter and Officer of the Year from Chisholm Trail Fire & Rescue several times. He is very active in Caldwell County by helping with Dickens on the Square, Chisholm Trail Roundup, National Night Out, Brown Santa Program, Chisholm Trail Annual Fish Fry, Fire Prevention in the Schools, Coached Little League and was a Boy Scout Leader. He has been married to Cindy for 22 years and they have three sons, Shawn, Billy and Jacob; all five are graduates of Lockhart High School. He also has two grandchildren. Firefighting is a family tradition for the Alex crew. Keirn has 10 years in the Fire and EMS Service.
He loves his job and his reward is being able to help other people to be able to continue to live their lives to the fullest. Tim holds several EMS and Fire certifications. He is very active in Caldwell County by helping with Dickens on the Square, Chisholm Trail Roundup, National Night Out, Brown Santa Program, The Easter Bunny Program, Shattered Dreams, and Chisholm Trail Annual Fish Fry, Fire Prevention in the Schools and is instrumental in helping create a BBQ Cook-off coming up in the future. He is a recent newlywed to his wife, Diana.
The Guadalupe District is proud to have Alex and Keirn represent the District at the State level. They are already winners and not only do they represent the District, but their local departments as well as Caldwell County. Keirn, Alex win Firefighter, First Responder of the Year awards