The award, presented Oct. 25 at the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office 21st Annual Fire and Safety Awards luncheon, honors an individual who has, according to a Barrow County Emergency Services (BCES) press release, "made significant contributions in the reduction of fire and its consequences by promoting fire safety education."
"This is a very appropriate recognition for Lieutenant Dakin," said BCES Interim Chief John Skinner in a released statement. "He works hard developing a great working relationship with the Barrow County School System and numerous agencies and organizations throughout Barrow County. This relationship allows us numerous opportunities to get our fire and life safety education to our citizens."
Dakin, who began his career with BCES as a volunteer firefighter in 1996, is a company officer, the BCES public information officer, a member of the Northeast Georgia Critical Incident Stress Management Team, a certified instructor through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a founding member of the coalition that developed and operates the Children After the Fire program and is also one of the first certified instructors for the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Dakin, a member of River Hills Church, is president of Hope for the Future of Children in Haiti, which operates a local orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, and also serves as vice-president of the Barrow Ministry Village, which helps foster families meet the needs of the foster children in Barrow.
"To receive this award and recognition is very humbling and an honor," Dakin said. "However, this award is truly a reflection on the great work this department does to educate our citizens in the area of fire and life safety."