Carl Travis was a firefighter here in Lexington until 1983 and he has been described by everybody that knew him as “a firefighter’s firefighter”. In 1983 Carl was killed in a tragic tractor accident on his farm and everybody took it extremely hard. After the accident, someone had the idea that starting with the next recruit class, they would begin giving out the Carl Travis Award, so in 1984 it was started. Now this award means more than most, because it is voted on by our peers. It doesn’t necessarily go to the smartest, or the strongest, or the fastest person in the class. It is voted on by the recruit class to go to the person who is the first one to step up. The “firefighter’s firefighter”.
Below is a list of all the recipients thus far.