South Salt Lake firefighter receives recognition
Program Manager of the Utah Fire and Rescue and Rescue Academy David Owens praises David Larsen for earning a certificate of supervising fire officer. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
South Salt Lake firefighter David Larsen was honored at the South Salt Lake City Council meeting on Feb. 8 for his achievement of earning a certificate of supervising fire officer. Larsen was recognized by Fire Chief Ron Morris and other members of the South Salt Lake Fire Department.
“Firefighter David Larsen has achieved a rather significant event in his career,” Morris said. “There have been 12 to 18 people in the state who have achieved this so it’s a big deal.”
The certificate was presented by David Owens, the program manager of the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy, which is the governing body of the certificate earned by Larsen.
“I find it a great honor to come to do this. Not only do I find it an honor, I find it comforting. I think you should too. Chief Morris and I have been friends for a very long time and we’ve been in the fire service. It’s our craft,” Owens said. “We both take it very seriously and try to do as much as we can. When you have that craft, that passion for what you do, you want to make sure the upcoming generation has that same passion.”
Owens explained Larsen had to put forth a great amount of effort to achieve this certification, including creating a portfolio containing all of Larsen’s education experience and certifications.
“It goes way over and above what he needs to do to just do this job,” Owens said. “That being said, I’d really like to thank him for carrying on and keeping the craft and the ever-changing science of firefighting alive and doing the best he can.”
Councilwoman Sharla Beverly, who was conducting the council meeting, praised Larsen for his hard work and congratulated him on his achievement.
“We have great fire and police officers in our city and they do bring us comfort,” Beverly said.