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Thompson awarded Martin E. Grimes award

Tue, May 02, 2017

Dr. David R. Thompson, former associate dean and emeritus faculty member in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has posthumously received the Martin E. Grimes award from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

The award was established by IFSAC for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the fire service by elevating the level of professionalism through leadership in the development and improvement of professional qualifications, standards, certification and accreditation. The award’s namesake was known for his extensive background in professional fire service qualifications and training.

Family and friends of Thompson accepted the award on his behalf at IFSAC’s spring meeting in Oklahoma City. They included his wife, Janet Thompson, daughter Colleen Allen and husband Kyle, son Darin Thompson and partner Jonathan Antia, daughter-in-law Holly Thompson and granddaughter Lexi Thompson, who is a senior in the fire protection and safety engineering technology program at OSU.

For more information, visit the IFSAC website at


CUTLINE: Thompson family and friends, (l-r) Jonathan Antia, Darin Thompson, Janet Thompson, Kyle Allen, Colleen Allen, Lexi Thompson, and Holly Thompson.