The Responder of the Year for 2012 was awarded to
On September 22, 2012, veteran Grand Rapid Fire Department Lieutenant Larry Hayden was awarded the 2012 Responder of the Year Award during the 24th Annual Michigan Crisis Response Association Training Conference that was held at the Michigan 4-H Foundation Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan. Lt. Hayden has been a long-standing member of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team.
MCRA President, Harvey Burnett, announced that Lt. Hayden was awarded for his “dedication, professionalism, and compassion in selflessly serving those who are impacted by tragic life events.” Fellow Firefighter Steve Lohman shared, “Larry is the longest serving and most reliable member…he has dedicated many years to the well-being of firefighters and other emergency responders.” Fire Captain Gregg Ginebaugh of the City of Kentwood Fire Department indicated that within the past six months Lt. Hayden was instrumental in helping emergency responders who were involved in two separate major incidents that greatly affected their agencies. Lohman went on to say, “Larry has a natural ability to quickly and easily develop a rapport with anyone he meets despite his gruff exterior…simply Larry is always there when you need him and will give his best to those who need him most.”
The annual MCRA Responder of the Year Award recognizes active CISM team members for their outstanding work in providing crisis response in Michigan.