A former Ada resident has achieved a top award within the Department of Defense. Fire Chief Paul Murray, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base, Texas, has been awarded the DoD Civilian Fire Officer of the Year for 2009.
In May, he was notified that he had won Civilian Fire Officer of the Year for Navy Region Southeast. That put him in the running for the award for the Commander Naval Installation. He received that award, which put him in competition with his counterparts within the other branches of service in the Department of Defense.
On Aug. 27, at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Conference in Chicago, the award was announced in a ballroom filled with over1500 military and civilian fire professionals from all over the globe.
Murray has been in the fire service for 39 years and has been the fire chief at the naval air station since 2002. He started his career in the Air Force in 1971. That took him to Fort Worth to what was then Carswell Air Force Base in 1977. In 1979, he went to work for General Dynamics Fire Department (now Lockheed Martin), and in 1999 went to work for the Department of Navy Fire Department as training officer at the naval air station, formerly Carswell Air Force Base.
Murray is married to the former Janet "Jan" Scroggins from Ada. His mother is Maryolis Bingham, Fort Worth. He is the son-in-law of Betty Scroggins, formerly of Ada and now of Fort Worth, and the late J.L.”Doc”Scroggins.