Friday, March 25, 2016

Tommy Hayes Receives Lead by Example Award

(Tommy Hayes and Paul Hohn; photo by Jessica Gardetto)
Tommy Hayes
Equipment Specialist

BLM Fire Operations and Safety - NIFC
BLM Fire and Aviation Honor Guard Member
Honored for Mentoring and Teamwork

Tommy Hayes has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2015 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Four 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. Tommy’s work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

Anissa and Tommy Hayes
(Anissa and Tommy Hayes; photo by Jessica Gardetto)
Tommy was recognized for his authentic leadership and living example of the Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles. Few know his history following the South Canyon fire and how that experience created a passion to assist others during times of crisis. His service as a member of the BLM Honor Guard has been instrumental in bringing about change within the wildland fire service to honor those lost in the line of duty.


As a Family Liaison/Advocate, Tommy understands that the job never ends and has committed himself to a lifetime of service beyond self and job. Additionally, Tommy's caring and compassionate leadership helps families endure the loss of their loved ones. The unconditional love Tommy exhibits for those he encounters whether through crisis or on a day-to-day basis is an example of what right looks like and an inspiration to all.

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