Borger fire chief receives award while recovering in Lubbock Burn Unit

Borger fire chief receives award while recovering in Lubbock Burn Unit
Source:KFDA
Source:KFDA
Source:KFDA
Source:KFDA

LUBBOCK, TX (KFDA) - Borger Fire Chief Bob Watson was honored Monday while recovering in the Lubbock Burn Unit.

The National Association of State Foresters presented Watson with the 2017 Wildland Mitigation Award for the City of Borger's efforts to protect the community from wildfires. It is the highest national honor that can be awarded for wildfire preparedness.

Borger was selected to win the award for its community engagement, education programs and outreach to other agencies in an attempt to prevent wildfire threats in several areas around the city and county.

Borger was one of 14 organizations to receive this award this year, and one of two in Texas.

Watson remains in the hospital with burns to his hands, face, arms and hip after a prescribed burn took a turn for the worst in March.

He was originally scheduled to go to Reno to receive the award, but due to those injuries, the award was brought to him.

A GoFundMe page for Watson and firefighter Clay Lozier, who was also injured, can be found by clicking here.

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