FD's Tracy Bradley is Regional Firefighter of the Year
Missouri's Firefighter of the Year now honored in 10-state region
Department's Lt. Tracy Bradley has been selected as the American
Legion's Firefighter of the Year for the Midwest Region. The region is
comprised of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Bradley received notification
this week from the National American Legion Law and Order Committee chairman
that she had been selected for the honor.
Bradley was nominated by Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25 and
Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright for the Legion's State Firefighter of the Year
award in 2016 which she won. Post 25 officials and members, along with
Chillicothe Fire Department leaders and staff as well as Chillicothe city officials
were proud of that accomplishment; and, now, this elevation to the regional award makes them doubly proud,
according to LarryWarren, commander of Legion Post No. 25.
"Tracy has been a community leader as well as a department officer and has represented the Chillicothe Fire Department in multiple outreach activities, including
teaching fire safety and demonstrating equipment in conjunction with local school, library, and other organizations
in the Chillicothe area," Warren said. Bradley will be presented with an award at the
Department's upcoming convention.
"This award recognizes those firefighters who have selflessly distinguished themselves over and above their normal duties, predominately through community service activities and professional
achievement," stated George Wehrli, chairman of the National Law and Order Committee of The American Legion, in his letter to Bradley.
Bradley has been with the Chillicothe Fire Department for 19 years, having been hired by the late Chief Joe
Rinehart to become the first female to be employed at the fire department.
"Tracy goes above and beyond the call of duty by participating on her off days in department
functions," Chief Darrell Wright stated in his nomination of Bradley for the Missouri award.
"Tracy leads the pink out fundraiser, which is a joint fundraiser with Hedrick
Medical Center. The funds are used to help local folks with their battle of
cancer." She also leads the department's involvement in Grand River Heart Restart Program, which promotes the placement, maintenance and staff training
for a community wide automatic external difibrillator program. She also spends numerous off-duty
hours teaching CPR and taking care of the AED units.
Bradley, a 1993 Braymer High School graduate, began with the Chillicothe Fire Department as an EMT and was promoted to firefighter/EMT, then engineer/ EMT and now as a lieutenant/EMT.
"I enjoy helping people," she said. "It's pretty good gratification for someone to come up to you and say,
thank you." Bradley and her husband, David, are the parents of two sons: Drake and Landon.