The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership along with The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees is an annual program designed to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees. Established in 2000, the Awards are presented generally to five individuals who play a critical, yet in many cases unseen, role in providing outstanding service to the residents of Washington, DC. The Awards honor individuals whose contributions have been exceptional and whose commitment and professionalism demonstrate the best in public service.
This year one of our own has been selected for this award, Firefighter Jason Woods of Rescue 1 Platoon #3. Firefighter Woods has been serving for 15 years and also serves as the President of The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. Since the Burn Foundation was established about 10 years ago it has raised over $1 Million dollars for numerous things needed.
The Cafritz Award uses the following criteria to select the recipients, Performed an outstanding act which brought positive recognition to the city. Successfully initiated and implemented an innovative idea that brought about dramatic results.
Solved an extraordinary problem or achieved a significantly difficult goal. Consistently achieved excellence in overall job performance that is “above and beyond the call of duty.” Demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership that dramatically improved employee morale and team spirit.
Firefighter Woods has certainly met the criteria to be awarded the Cafritz Award. The members of Engine 2, Rescue 1 and the Office of the Deputy Fire Chief congratulate Firefighter Jason Woods on winning this award.