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EFD Chief Named Chief of the Year

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John Gibson
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Connelly surprised to win the regional award

Evansville’s Fire Chief has been named Chief of the Year across a five-state region. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

Chief Mike Connelly won the honor from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Great Lakes Division.

He told reporters that his nomination came from the local department, but:

"Everybody's pretty tight-lipped about who made the nomination. I do not know"

Connelly says the association cited several achievements:

"Commitment to firefighter health and wellness, cancer reduction, and mental health, and then also leading by example — not asking others to do what I wouldn't do myself."

Connelly says he was “flabbergasted” to win:

"What every other firefighter says when you hand them an award: I was just doing my job."

Connelly is expected to receive the trophy at a conference next month.