Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer has been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Arizona Fire Chief's Association (AFCA).
Chief Karrer was presented the award and bestowed the highly respected honor by Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch, President of the AFCA, during the opening ceremony of the AFCA's annual conference.
According to a press release by the Golder Ranch Fire District, Chief Karrer came the Golder Ranch Fire District in 2009 and has "built the reputation as an innovative leader within the organization and the fire service as a whole."
Golder Ranch serves the northern Tucson metro including Oro Valley, Catalina and southern Pinal County.
Vice Chairman of the Golder Ranch Fire District Governing Board Steve Brady says, "Chief Karrer works hard at every endeavor he undertakes. To be recognized by a group of his peers in this manner speaks very highly to the type of leader and person he is. On behalf of the entire board, we congratulate Chief Karrer and are very proud he is our Fire Chief."
"I cannot think of a more deserving Chief," says Oro Valley Town Manager Greg Caton, "it is a pleasure to work with Chief Karrer and our community is very fortunate to be the recipient of his extraordinary service. He is a true public safety hero and we thank him for his dedicated service."
The accolades continue with Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp, "I have the honor and privilege to work with Chief Randy Karrer and the Golder Ranch Fire Department on a daily basis. It is obvious from this recognition that Chief Karrer's peers see what I witness regularly. Chief Karrer is a consummate professional and I value his leadership in providing public safety to our community."
Matt Gordon, Golder Ranch Firefighter at Station 370, says, "we are so honored, yet not surprised that Chief Karrer has been recognized for this achievement. Since his arrival at the GRFD he has been a conduit of positive change. Chief Karrer is a Rock Star."
Chief Karrer told me in a text message, "it's very humbling to say the least." Chief Karrer also serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.