Assistant Fire Marshal Garibay Receives Honor from Oklahoma VFW

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PUBLISHED 2/22/22

The Lawton Fire Department is proud to announce that Assistant Fire Marshal Anthony Garibay received a certificate of appreciation during the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Oklahoma Honors Banquet on Feb. 19 in Norman.

The Certificate of Appreciation is “in special recognition and highest praise for alertness, personal courage, and ever efficient guardianship or life and property.”

“We are delighted that Assistant Fire Marshal Anthony Garibay was honored in this way,” said Lawton Fire Chief Jared Williams. “He has dedicated many years of his professional career to public service, so the recognition of appreciation is well deserved.”

Garibay has been with the City of Lawton for 10 years, serving the city’s Emergency Communications Department for three years and the Lawton Fire Department for seven years. He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Rescue Technician, and, as required for his duties as Assistant Fire Marshal, is a CLEET certified peace officer. Earlier this year, Garibay was recognized as being the only known individual within the City of Lawton to complete all three first responder training academies: Dispatch, Fire and Police. Garibay is a member of the Fire Marshal’s Association of Oklahoma and the International Association of Arson Investigators.

In his time with Lawton Fire Department, Garibay has volunteered to manage fundraiser programs for the IAFF Local 1882, such as the Fill the Boot program for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Christmas for Kids program, which provides Christmas gifts to families in need. Garibay has also served on the Lawton Fire Department Honor Guard since 2019.

“This recognition from the VFW means so much to me,” Garibay said. “I have multiple family members that have served our country in various branches of the armed forces, so I am honored to have received this certificate of appreciation from the VFW recognizing my achievements as a public servant.”

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