The MFRD Honor Guard won a national award recently. The trophy and a proclamation prepared for the occasion were presented to Fire Chief Cumbey Gaines during a ceremony May 28 beginning at 9 a.m.
The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Honor Guard presented its 2013 National Championship trophy to Chief Cumbey Gaines Tuesday morning.
This is the second consecutive year the MFRD Honor Guard has placed first in the National Honor Guard Competition at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.
Captain/Shift Inspectors Nora Smith, Wade Williams, and Thomas McAdoo, Captains Jeff Irvin, Gary Hutchinson, and Mike Adams, Driver Randy Shaw, and Firefighters Greg Burt and Charles Powell secured the trophy for their extraordinary presentation in details such as Full Dress Inspection, Posting of the Colors, Casket Watch and Flag Folding.
City dignitaries were in attendance for the trophy presentation, including Mayor Tommy Bragg, Councilmember Eddie Smotherman, City Manager Rob Lyons, and Assistant City Manager Jim Crumley.
MFRD Chief Gaines expressed his pride for the team and stated, “This year’s win is even more important than the last. It shows who you are…you ARE the best.”
Gaines also presented the team with a proclamation from the State of Tennessee Senate, signed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and State Senator Bill Ketron.
A copy of the proclamation was presented to City Manager Rob Lyons to display at City Hall. The proclamation that was presented to the Honor Guard by Chief Gaines will be on display at Fire Administration.