Naperville Fire Department Division Chief Receives Award from Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Naperville Fire Division Chief Andy Dina, center, accepted the Spirit of Debbie Wood Award from Firefighter Cancer Support Network President Bryan Frieders, right. Dina was nominated for the award by FCSN Wellness Coordinator Debbie Pike, left.
Naperville’s Fire Division Chief Andy Dina accepted the “Spirit of Debbie Wood Award” from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) during the organization’s annual fundraising gala in Los Angeles on November 12.
The award was presented to Chief Dina by FCSN President Bryan Frieders. Chief Dina was nominated by FCSN Wellness Coordinator Debbie Pike based on his six years of badge-to-badge mentoring with the organization, his four years of work training new mentors as an Assistant Wellness Coordinator and his work after recently being named FCSN Illinois State Coordinator, a position he continues to serve in today.
The FCSN is a national not for profit organization dedicated to providing timely assistance to all fire service members and their families in the event of a cancer diagnosis. They maintain and continuously update a roster of mentors who have personal experience with many types of cancers who will personally guide firefighters through the process of dealing with their specific illness.
“The Firefighter Cancer Support Network does such great things for firefighters,” said Dina who, along with his wife, are both cancer survivors. “I am honored to accept the award from such an outstanding organization.”
The FCSN can also provide assistance and guidance for other support options such as behavioral health services, fire service organizations, Fire Service Chaplains and other cancer support programs. The FCSN works in collaboration with both the American Cancer Society and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.