The Spirit of Courage Award honors selfless people for their heroism.
When: May 2, 2019
Where: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Each year, the Burn Institute pays tribute to individuals in our community who have risked their own lives in an effort to save another from burn injury or death.
In 1974, members of a local support group for burn survivors called “Burns Recovered” approached the Burn Institute with the idea of honoring these courageous citizens. Many of the burn survivors had been rescued by such heroic individuals, and wanted to publicly express their strong appreciation. The Burn Institute supported the concept and has continued to present the award for the past 40 years. The Annual Spirit of Courage Awards banquet is a community service of the Burn Institute.
Citizens are nominated by local fire service and law enforcement agencies. Then a Burn Institute board committee composed of fire service personnel and other professionals select the final recipients. The criteria for selection is:
- The nominee must have performed an exceptionally courageous act attempting to save another person from death or serious injury to burns from any source – fire, chemical or electrical.
- The rescue attempt must have involved a significant degree of personal risk – exposure to either death or severe injury.
- Firefighters and law enforcement personnel are eligible for this award but must have displayed a level of commitment not required or expected in the performance of their daily duties.