other previous winners
2006 Firefighter of the Year
Words can’t possibly describe the work that Tony has done for the Phoenix Fire Department, and the citizens of Arizona. He has seen his share of fires and worked through the same dangerous calls that many firefighters have.
Tony actually started his career as a Volunteer for the Cottonwood Fire
Department back in 1982. He obtained his EMT certification and also volunteered
for the Verde Valley Ambulance Company. Tony was only nineteen when he got his first
fulltime firefighter position with the Verde Rural Fire District, where he worked
for the next ten years.
I believe it is this compassion that led him to become a volunteer at the Foundation for Burns & Trauma over seven years ago. Maintaining his true character, Tony became involved with Camp Courage and immediately identified several safety issues and then found himself in the newly created position of safety officer. Tony’s contributions did not stop there. 2006 was Tony’s second year as the volunteer camp director, a task requiring hundreds of hours of planning, chairing a committee, implementing programs, and providing leadership to volunteers as well as campers, all with the focus and determination of a champion.
is tireless, ensuring that the burn survivors and their families' lives are
enriched. One nominee said that he
always asks, “What’s going to be best for the kids?”, and he knows that’s
really what this camp is all about.
Mure’s help, the Foundation stays involved with several events throughout the
year to take care of their needs; a beer booth at the Cardinal games, golf
tournaments, a corn maze haunted house, and the very creative Festival of Trees
black tie event. This is where elaborately decorated trees are auctioned off for
as little as two hundred or as much as six thousand dollars. Tony says, for six
thousand dollars he will both deliver and set up the tree the very next day,
ensuring it will be ready for Christmas!