A hearty congratulations to Grand Rapids fire inspector Ted Jensen.  The Michigan Fire Inspectors Society recently named him the state's fire educator of the year, crediting him with an extensive campaign to raise fire awareness and safety precautions.

Jensen, 44, has been with the fire department for 14 years and spent two years before that working in the city's water system.

The Grand Rapids Press reported the annual award is given to nominees who have shown continued efforts in education and prevention.

In recent years, Jensen has led filming a series of public service announcements that have been distributed to fire departments in 14 states. He has also held poster and billboard campaigns that warn people they cause and can prevent most fires.

Jensen said he was blindsided when presented with the award at the group's annual meeting earlier this month.

“It's one of the few times in my life I've been speechless,” he said.

Congratulation Ted!