A Forsyth County firefighter has been commended by the state's top government official for his efforts in honoring fallen colleagues.
David Bradley, coordinator of the Forsyth County Fire Department Honor Guard, was one of 20 statewide recipients Friday of the 2010 Governor's Public Safety Award.
According to a statement from Gov. Sonny Perdue's office, Bradley was one of six honorees chosen for contributions to the profession. The other 14 were recognized for heroism.
"Georgia is proud to recognize our brave law enforcement officers and emergency responders for their commitment to keeping our citizens safe," Perdue said. "The courage and dedication of these Georgians are on display every day, and they have earned our appreciation."
According to information provided by Forsyth County's government, Bradley organized and coordinated 71 Honor Guard details in 2009.
Many of the details were multi-day public safety funerals, with efforts accumulating 3,269 man hours in one year.
Fire Chief Danny Bowman said Bradley, a retired lieutenant from the DeKalb County Fire/Rescue Department, deserves the prestigious recognition.
"His dedication to the fire services is exemplary of 'contribution to the profession,'" Bowman said. "We are certainly fortunate to have David serve as coordinator of our department's honor guard. He is one of our department's greatest assets."
Bradley is also the Georgia Mutual Aid Group representative to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He represents the state every fall as the point of contact for the annual memorial weekend in Emmitsburg, Md.