Alan Rich of Henrickson Fire Rescue Equipment (NY) was awarded
this year’s Suspenders Award by PL President Deb Thomson.
The Suspenders Award was started in 2007, shortly after PL founder Bud Smock’s death. It is awarded to a person who has exhibited strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. Someone who has overcome obstacles, picked himself up, and moved forward— exhibiting Bud’s “Can Do” attitude. The hallmark of the award is a framed pair of Bud’s signature suspenders, which the recipient keeps for a year until it’s time to go to the next recipient.