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Monday, March 05, 2007

Weldon earns honor from first responders

From the Delco Times:

So revered among America’s first responders, former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon continues to reap accolades from his political grave. The fact that Weldon, who founded the Congressional Fire Services Caucus in 1987, is no longer a congressman hasn’t stopped a firefighter advocacy group from naming him their 2007 "Legislator of the Year."

As such, the former volunteer fire chief will be honored next month at the Hilton Washington during the 19th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 people.

Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, a nonpartisan policy center, said the award has previously been reserved for legislators -- as its name suggests. But Webb said he is willing to make an exception for someone of Weldon’s stature.

"I would say that history will show that Congressman Weldon has probably done more for the fire services as a member of Congress than any other member in the history of Congress," he said. "And that’s not a stretch."