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2014 LBE Award Winners


photo of South Canyon Lead by Example award recipientsThe National Wildfire Coordinating Group Leadership Subcommittee announced the 2014 Lead by Example Award winners: Paul Cerda, Kevin Donham, Kip Gray, Eric Hipke, Wally Ochoa, Alex Robertson and Bryan Scholz.

Five award recipients are recognized for their commitment to demonstrating what a "learning organization" should reflect. These winners include Kevin Donham, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest; Kip Gray, Medford Fire Department; Eric Hipke, National Interagency Fire Center; Alex Robertson, Deschutes National Forest; and Bryan Scholz, Ochoco National Forest.

Since 1994, each of these recipients have honored friends and fallen comrades by sharing the story of the South Canyon fire with others. The impact of first-hand accounts on staff rides and through refresher training videos and presentations has helped shape and change the trajectory of the wildland fire service culture. Due to this leadership example, wildland fire professionals for generations to come will learn about and pay tribute to those who gave thephoto of Cerda, Lead by Example award recipient ultimate sacrifice.

Paul Cerda, Rocky Mountain National Park, was selected for his vision and clear intent while leading the Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew to Type 1 Wildland Fire Module status. This bold effort to diversify for the betterment of the wildland fire service took insight and courage. Paul's motivational influence created depth within his organization as well as strengthened the entire service through positive influence.

photo of Ochoa, Lead by Example award recipientRichard "Wally" Ochoa Jr,Winema Interagency Hotshot Crew, was recognized for his attention to duty, dedication to the principles of integrity, and the respect given to those he meets. Regardless of authority or title, Wally has mentored others and built quality teams in spite of life-altering situations.

LBE Awards Past Recipients
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Dave Koch
Mark Linane
Bill Miller
Dan Kleinman
Curtis Heaton
Mike Bland

Paul Chamberlin
Daria Day
Jon Larson
Mid-Plains Interagency Handcrew,
Crew Bosses
Karl Brauneis
Jim Cook
LJ Brown
Pete Gordon
Brit Rosso
Fire Operations Staff,
Vale District BLM
Pam McDonald
Bill Waln
Chris Wilcox
Fire Management Division,
Winnemucca Field Office
Tom Boatner
Texas Forest Service
BDF Engine 57 Family
Support Staff
Jack Kirkendall
George Weldon
Jerome McDonald
Larry Sutton
Brad Mayhew
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Rich Dolphin
Bequi Livingston
Cyndie Hogg
Gary Hawkins
John "JP" Harris
James Barnier
Dennis Baldridge
Stan Stewart
Pete Glover
Steve Holdsambeck
Kathy Komatz
Jason Fallon
North Zone Fire Management
Thomas Taylor
Travis Dotson
Tony Doty
Patrick Lookabaugh
Ralph Thomas
Anthony Escobar
John Lauer
Shane Olpin
2013 2014      
Chad Fisher
Dr Carl Seielstad
Jim Shultz
Palomar Interagency
Hotshot Crew
Kevin Donham
Kip Gray
Eric Hipke
Alex Robertson
Bryan Sholz
Paul Cerda
Wally Ochoa
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