June 2, 2014
Conference Photos Online

New Board Members Elected

Two New Award Recipients

In Memorium: Neville Throckmorton and Darrell Harguth

Conference Photos Online

Photos from NAFED's 2014 conferences are now online.

New Board Members Elected

NAFED is proud to announce the election of four new members to its board of directors. Effective following the 2014 annual meeting in Indianapolis on May 8-9, the following individuals will serve out three-year terms.
  • David Nagy, Fire Systems of Michigan in Redford, Michigan: Region Three Director (representing Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky)
  • Darrell Hefley, Jorgensen Company in Fresno, California: Region Six Director (representing California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii)
  • Kenneth Crooks, Don Brenton�s Fire Protection, Lakeside, Nova Scotia: Region Eight Director (representing Canada)
  • Doug Sartain, Certified Fire Protection in Las Vegas, Nevada: Director-at-Large
NAFED congratulates and welcomes our new board members.

Two New Award Recipients

NAFED presented two awards to outstanding individuals during its 2014 conference season.

The Founders Award, which recognizes individuals making outstanding contributions to the association, was presented to Larry Angle, president of M. Jacks Fire & Safety in San Antonio, Texas. Angle has served NAFED with two terms as region five director and as president in 2006-08. In addition to serving on the board, he represents NAFED on the NFPA 17A committee. Angle is active in his state, serving as president of the Fire Equipment Distributors of Texas (FEDOT) from 1997 to 2002 and currently serving as treasurer.



The Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual for their personal impact and service to the fire protection industry as a whole, was awarded to Bill Beyer, president of Amerex Corporation based out of Trussville, Alabama. Beyer has been involved with the fire equipment industry for over 20 years. He has led his employees by example while guiding the company to a three-fold increase in revenue. His "open door" policy extends to his customers, not just his employees. He is a firm believer in the benefits of trade associations, and whenever NAFED, FEMA, or a state distributor association needs help he has been there to offer support. Beyer has had a positive influence on the fire equipment industry at many levels and has helped to create a positive impression of the industry.



In Memorium: Neville Throckmorton and Darrell Harguth

Neville Throckmorton of FireCode Safety Equipment of Sacramento, California, passed away on May 10, 2014. Edie Wade of Brooks Equipment and CALSAFE (California Association of Life and Safety Fire Equipment) secretary shared the following on his passing: �It is with a saddened hearts that we share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Neville Throckmorton. His battle with cancer over the past few years has been one of personal strength and fortitude and a 'never quit' attitude that helped him through his toughest days. Despite battling this illness, Neville continued to be right at the forefront in running his business, as well as volunteering his time and effort as a much valued adviser to CALSAFE. He refused to give up and he was always there to lend a hand whenever you needed him. His knowledge of the fire protection service industry was vast and proved itself over the 32 years he owned and operated his business. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and employees. We will miss you, Neville!�

The industry has also lost Chief Darrell (Hoagie) Harguth, recipient of NAFED's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Harguth worked as an inspector for the Contra Costa Fire Department and made his way to assistant chief/fire marshal before retiring in 1991. That marked the beginning of his work as a code consultant for FEMA (Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association) from 1991-2001. Harguth dedicated his time to CALSAFE and two advisory committees for the California State Fire Marshal, and was appreciated for all that he did for the industry.

 


Members in the News

The Alternative Press covered Approved Fire Protection of Plainfield, New Jersey's "Take Your Child to Work Day" event in May where they teach children about fire safety. This is their third year holding this event.



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