The nation’s top annual award for fire chiefs this year belongs to Randy Mirowski, Chief of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority.

Mirowski was selected from among 12 finalists for the national Fire Chief of the Year award that will be presented this week in Chicago at theJudy and Randy Mirowski, photo by City Manager Bill Cahill in Chicago Wednesday annual meeting of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

The Chief will be honored Wednesday evening at a dinner hosted by Fire Chief Magazine, the presenter of the award, at the landmark Firehouse Restaurant on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, housed in a former fire station built in 1903.

He will receive official recognition Friday, the final day of the chief’s association’s annual Fire-Rescue International Conference.

This year’s conference draws more than 12,000 of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe to Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.

Mirowski is joined in Chicago by City Manager Bill Cahill and Renee Wheeler, the City’s Public Safety Administrative Director.

Chief of LFRA since 2009, Mirowski served 26 years with the Poudre Fire Authority based in Fort Collins. He began his firefighting career in Topeka, Kansas.