Enid Fire Marshal Kenneth Helms has been awarded the Dick Lambertz Memorial Award.
Helms received the award, presented by Carol Lambertz, during United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma's annual meeting and awards ceremony Wednesday.
"Although he is a tireless, devoted, civil servant to our community, he undoubtedly had no idea what would be asked of him, his wife and his entire workplace when he joined the United Way board of directors several years ago," Lambertz said.
Helms has served in all three major roles on the board — board president, campaign chair and budget allocation co-chair, she said.
"In 2013, when Ken was asked to represent the Enid Fire Department as campaign chair, not only was this the first time a public entity or business had served as our United Way's chair, but that year also marks our largest, single largest campaign — over a million dollars," Lambertz said.
For the past five campaigns, Helms has produced all of the campaign logos and artwork at no charge for every United Way event.
"Additionally, he has been instrumental in the production of our campaign videos, much of our photography and organizing campaign kickoff events," she said. "There was never a job too large or too small that Ken Helms didn't tackle and see through to completion, and always with absolute perfection."
As a member of Enid Fire Department for 19 years, Helms has been a firefighter, driver, assistant fire marshal and fire marshal. He also serves as the department's public relations and public information officer, staff photographer and is a founding member of the EFD Honor Guard, Lambertz said.
Helms and his three assistant fire marshals were recognized in 2016 as the International Fire Investigators of the Year.
Beyond United Way, Helms has served on boards of Cimarron Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, Leonardo's Children's Museum and Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, she said.
"Ken Helms, in many ways that we can ever mention, you have been the hero of the United Way for the city of Enid," Lambertz said.
Helms said the award is a tremendous honor.
"I very much appreciate it. I've enjoyed my time with United Way," he said. "It's just been a pleasure to serve the United Way, and thank you very, very much."
Several other awards were given during the ceremony.
The 2016 Tocqueville Society Leadership Awards went to AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, Mike and Kelley Wright, Gary and Johnnie Atwood, the Allen Family Foundation and AT&T.
Top Ten Outstanding Campaigns for 2016 were recognized as AdvancePierre Foods, Central National Bank, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Security National Bank, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, KC Electric, Groendyke Transport, OG&E, ONEOK and Dillingham Insurance.
Triangle Insurance Co., UPS, OG&E and Interbank were recognized for having 100 percent Employee Campaign Participation.
This story originally appeared in the Enid News & Eagle. Read the original story here.