Wednesday, May 8, 2013

John Lauer - 2012 Lead by Example Award

John Lauer
John Lauer
Tatanka Interagency Hotshot Crew
2012 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award - Initiative and Innovation

John Lauer has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2012 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. John's work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of initiative and innovation.

As a seasonal crewmember of the Tatanka IHC, John's advocacy that federal seasonal firefighters be given access to federal health insurance quickly garnered national media attention. John's determination spawned several congressional efforts aimed at including seasonal firefighters in the federal health insurance programs. On July 10 2012, President Obama, using executive order authority, directed the Office of Personnel Management to issue a rule change to open up federal health insurance to approximately 15,000 federal seasonal firefighters.

John's accomplishments are a true demonstration of leadership in action. Specifically, they are consistent with the notion that we should look out for the well-being of our peers and subordinates. Access to affordable health insurance is something that is a significant issue for many in our nation, and John's work to bring about this access for fellow seasonal firefighters is a shining example of leadership.

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