- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has given Todd Pechota the 2015 National Forest Fire Management Officer of the Year award.

Pechota is forest fire management officer on the Black Hills National Forest. He was presented the award at a recent ceremony at the U.S. Forest Service Regional Office in Colorado. The award recognizes the most outstanding fire manager in the U.S. Forest Service each year.

Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien says the award is a testament to the work Pechota has accomplished and underscores the relationships he has developed locally and across the nation.

Pechota also serves as the incident commander for the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team and is past chairman of the Great Plains Regional Dispatch Board of Directors.


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