Pete Barry wins Lead by Example Award

Peter Barry
Colorado State Forester Mike Lester, right, presents the Lead by Example Award to Pete Barry. CSFS photo.

Pete Barry of the Colorado State Forest Service has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award.

The award was created by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. Pete’s work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

Pete was recognized for his involvement and mentorship of the student of fire initiative at Colorado State University. Pete’s efforts to advance Paul’s vision that firefighters realize the importance of being a student of fire are commendable. Creation and continued support of the CSU Student Firefighter Association, securing lasting funding for the Paul Gleason Scholarship, as well as connecting students studying wildfire science with land management agencies and fire departments directly aligns with that vision. Pete’s influence will be realized for years to come.

The award was also presented to three other individuals or groups for 2018:  Kim Lightley, Kim Kelly, and the BLM Boise Helitack Crew.

Winners of the award prior to 2018.

From Wildland Fire Leadership

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Pete Barry wins Lead by Example Award”

  1. We are incredibly proud and celebrating Pete! His quiet and persistent commitment to fire safety and education is an example of leadership and authentic caring of what he does day in and day out.

  2. Congratulations Pete! A very deserved recognition of all you do and all you have done for so many students, firefighters, and colleagues over the years.


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