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Battalion Chief Recipient Of National Award

By Jackie Jenkins
Sep 18, 2019 at 05:16 PM

On September 17, 2019, Battalion Chief Travis Ederer received the National First Responder Outstanding Service Award from the Commander-in-Chief of the Military of World Wars (MOWW), in recognition of his actions in advance of, during, and immediately following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow events.

When alerted to the debris flow threat from the Thomas Fire scar, Chief Ederer immediately began planning efforts that included intensive mapping of the fire district. These maps developed in advance of the 1/9 Debris Flow proved critical to the success in rescuing community members during the event. He also played a critical role in the repopulation of the community by effectively coordinating the work of all utilities, public works and Sheriff’s Department.

This award is the highest award given by the MOWW. Chief Ederer was honored with this award by the local Santa Barbara chapter in March of this year, which nominated Chief Ederer to receive  national recognition for his organizational leadership and exceptional duty performance in keeping with the highest traditions of public service during the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. Chief Ederer was one nominee out of 117 other chapters across the nation.

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