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Washington Fire Chiefs “Legislator of the Year”

As reported in the Auburn Reporter, I’m incredibly honored to have been named an “Honorary Fire Chief” and 2018 legislator of the year by the Washington Fire Chiefs, a nonprofit association representing the fire department chiefs across the state.

In the Legislature, I’ve been a vocal advocate for giving fire (and police) departments the tools they need to do their jobs and increasing department efficiencies to stretch limited tax dollars further. It’s nice to be recognized, but as noted in the article, I’m even more thankful for the devotion of the men and women of the fire service. Anything I accomplish in Olympia to increase public safety is only possible because these dedicated public servants show up for work every day, ready help our communities.

Here’s an excerpt of the article, which can be read in full at

Rep. Stokesbary receives award for fire service advocacy

Washington Fire Chiefs laud his hard work, responsiveness, leadership and support

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, has been recognized for his work in Olympia to preserve and improve fire services.

“Our organization is privileged to recognize the leadership of Representative Stokesbary,” said Eric Robertson, administrator of Valley Regional Fire Authority and chair of the Washington Fire Chiefs’ legislative committee. “For several years, he has been there for the Fire Chiefs, listening carefully to our issues and advocating for stronger public safety measures.”

Robertson added, “Our job is to keep our communities safe and Rep. Stokesbary has become an important partner by leading the effort on passage on several important bills which help us. Whether it is leading the charge on initiatives to help firefighters in their jobs, or modernize our administrative statute to save taxpayers money, Rep. Stokesbary has listened, researched, and worked to get those bills passed.”

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