Thursday, September 24, 2020

Firefighter of the Year – Chris Crossan ‘Homegrown Hero’

Firefighter of the Year, Chris Crossan. Photo by Jim Sousa

Firefighter of the Year, Chris Crossan. Photo by Jim Sousa

The annual 9-11 Remembrance Luncheon held at the Marriott recently by the Fire-Rescue Foundation had an attendance of nearly 200 people this year. Although the luncheon is in memory of a tragedy, it is also the community’s chance to honor one very dedicated fireman as Firefighter of the Year.  This year that honor went to Captain Chris Crossan.

Chief Murphy announced the award recipient by saying, “Growing up on Marco Island, Chris found a mentor in Deputy Chief/Fire Marshall John Burback. With his mother’s permission, at age 17, he was allowed to come into the department and volunteer and see what fire service was about.

Captain Crossan went to work with the department in 1991 at the age of 19. He is a certified boat captain and his knowledge of the local waters has aided many water rescues. Another one of his duties includes the pre-fire planning of all the condominiums and commercial buildings on Marco. These plans aid the rescue crews upon arrival to emergency scenes with vital layouts of the

Firefighter-EMT Ladurini, just returned from service in Iraq as a Master Seageant in the Airforce Reserves. Photo by Jim Sousa

Firefighter-EMT Ladurini, just returned from service in Iraq as a Master Seageant in the Airforce Reserves. Photo by Jim Sousa

buildings’ floor plans, fire stand pipes and alarm panel rooms. He works with state-of-the-art computer GIS programming which provides aerial mapping of these businesses and condominiums on the island.”

Chief Murphy continued, “Chris has grown into a true leader and has become a mentor himself through his professional working knowledge of firefighting and his exemplary work ethic. He is a well respected member of this department for his integrity, and his willingness to help, in any way he is asked, with a positive attitude. He embodies the virtues of professional firefighters and respected community leaders whose goal is to serve.” Congratulations, Captain Crossan!

The audience watched the Posting of the Colors by the North Naples Fire Firefighters Color Guard and enjoyed the fantastic vocals of Mary Jo O’Regan, a teacher from MICMS. The audience gave a standing ovation to Firefighter-EMT Ladurini, who just returned from service in Iraq as a Master Sergeant in the Air force Reserves. The final speaker for the event was Robert S. Cohen, Federal Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration.

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