Wake Forest Fire Fighter honored with National VFW Award

From WSJ Staff Reports

Capt. Ian Moffatte has been honored with the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Fire Fighter of the Year 2020 for his outstanding performance to the community and surrounding communities in the face of the Corona Virus.

Moffatte was chosen from a competitive pool of more than 1,600 community posts’ applications throughout the country.

A 13-year veteran of the Wake Forest Fire Department, serving first as a member of a fire truck prior to being assigned to administrative duties, Moffatte was presented the award Aug. 18 at Fire Station 1, among colleagues, community leaders, other friends and family.

The Wake Forest Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary, making the national award a highlight for the organization, reflecting the excellence of the department and of Moffatte’s dedication and skill.

Joe Csuka, commander of VFW Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, presented the prestigious award to Moffatte. In the citation, signed by the commander in chief, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moffatte’s service was noted as extraordinary.

During the ceremony Chief Ron Early and Capt. Ed Bennett praised Moffatte’s performance and his excellent leadership during the recent COVID pandemic by ensuring the department received the equipment to manage the effects of the Corona Virus, while providing his expertise to neighboring departments.

Moffatte is married to Michelle, and they have a 10-year-old daughter, Lily. After receiving the national acknowledgement locally, Moffatte thanked the officers of the department for his nomination, the VFW for orchestrating the nomination through the variety of steps to the national level and the people attending the ceremony.

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