IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year Award

The Lawrence W. Tuck Fire Investigator of the Year Award is given to a fire investigator that demonstrates exceptional performance in the area of fire and explosive investigations. 

Kevin Heflin, Anderson FD, was selected as the Investigator of the Year in 2018.

2018 Lawrence W. Tuck IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year award recipient is Kevin Heflin (L).

Terry King presents the 2018 Lawrence W. Tuck
IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year award to Kevin Heflin (L).

Each year a committee reviews and evaluates all submitted nominations. The Investigator of the Year Award is presented annually at the Indiana Fire Investigation Conference.

The nomination window for the Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award is open from May though the middle of July.  The award is presented annually at the Indiana Fire Investigation Conference. (open form)

Lawrence William Tuck

In April 1993, Bill retired from the Indianapolis Fire Department. Three days later, he became a deputy state fire marshal investigator for the Arson Division of the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. (read more)

Past Award Recipients

2016 IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year Award Presentation

Matt Wells (R) presenting Todd Jordan of the Vernon Township Fire Department with the 2016 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

2015 IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year Award Presentation

Clayton Kinder (R) presenting Matt Wells of the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office with the 2015 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

David Kloss(R) presenting Jason Barnett (L) with the 2014 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

David Kloss (R) presenting Jason Barnett of Barnett Forensic Services, Inc., with the 2014 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

President Chad Ford (L) presenting Clayton Kinder (R) the 2013 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

President Chad Ford (L) presenting Clayton Kinder of Donan Engineering with the 2013 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award.

2012 Investigator of the Year Fred Daffer (L) receives his award from Robert Dean (R), Chief Investigator of the State Fire Marshall's Office.

2012 Investigator of the Year Fred Daffer (L) of the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office receives his award from Robert Dean.

The 2011 Lawrence W. Tuck IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year is Dave Kloss.

In 2011 the Lawrence W. Tuck IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year award went to Dave Kloss of Shand Forensic Investigations.

2010 Investigator of the Year Norman Loudermilk (R) received the award from IFIC Chairman, Jason Barnett.

2010 Investigator of the Year Norman Loudermilk (R) of the Terre Haute Fire Departments received the award from IFIC Chairman, Jason Barnett.

2009 Investigator of the Year Princess Spencer received the Investigator of the Year award from INIAAI Chapter President Karen Wilkinson.

Princess Spencer (SIU Nationwide Insurance Company) received the 2009 Investigator of the Year award from IN-IAAI Chapter President Karen Wilkinson.

Scott McDowell receives the 2008 Investigator of the Year award from Steve Shand.

Scott McDowell of the Goshen Fire Department receives the 2008 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year award from Steve Shand.

2007 Lawrence W. Tuck Investigator of the Year Award recipient Teddy D. Franklin (center)

The 2007 Lawrence W. Tuck IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year went to Teddy D. Franklin (C) of the Logansport Fire Department.

2006 Lawrence W. Tuck IN-IAAI Investigator of the Year award recipient is Chuck Lake (L).

The 2006 Investigator of the Year award recipient was Chuck Lake (L) of the New Haven, Adams Township Fire Department.

2005
Fred Sumpter

Office of State Fire Marshal

2004
Steve Shand

Shand
Forensics

2003
Trey Gilbert

Terre Haute Police Department

2002
Bob Dean

Office of State Fire Marshal

2001
Andy Long

Office of State Fire Marshal

2000
Rick Russell

Noblesville Fire Department

About Lawrence William Tuck and the Investigator of the Year Award

by Tom Hinkle

In 1997, Lawrence W. Tuck was called from this planet to be with our Creator. He was 54 years old. He was called up during a day in which he was doing what he loved-fire investigations and the activities associated with them. He was at the range that day with his comrades. He just finished qualifying and was ready to go to Lebanon to conduct a scene examination at a business fire that occurred while the Division was at the range. He collapsed at the end of the weapons qualifications. Although two comrades (Mike Fowler and Tom Hinkle) watched him go down and began resuscitation efforts immediately, Bill’s destiny was already set. And as his comrades returned to assist and be by Bill’s side, he did not recover from the heart attack that he suffered.

Bill was appointed to the Indianapolis Fire Department in October 1969. He entered into fire investigations for the department eleven years later. In April 1993, Bill retired from the Indianapolis Fire Department. Three days later, he became a deputy state fire marshal investigator for the Arson Division of the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

During his years in the fire service, Bill took a very proactive view towards education. He not only recognized the importance of continually learning all he could about fire investigations, but he taught recruits at the Indianapolis Fire and Police academies. But, his lectures and lessons didn’t stop in the classroom. He would take them to every fire scene throughout the State where his presence was requested.

Bill loved nature and his family. His eyes would sparkle when he talked about fishing down at his cottage in Brown County. You could see and hear compassion for the welfare of his family when you asked him how things were going with them.

Bill’s stature was tall and stout and shouted omnipotence when he came to your fire scene. Bill maintained certain traits like integrity, friendship, loyalty, fairness, and so forth underneath his authority figure. In a world today where characteristics like this seem to be dwindling, they are not. People like Bill inspire us whether they are living or dead. And even though Bill is gone from us physically, he is with us always spiritually. And we should grasp that spirit and use it to motivate us to continue on with the traits that Bill demonstrated while he was here with us.

The Indiana Fire Investigation Conference is committed to the spirit of Bill’s traits and to encourage them in Indiana Fire Investigators. It is the desire of the Conference, in the spirit of his traits, to honor Bill with an award named on his behalf that is given to a fire investigator who demonstrates exceptional performance in the area of fire and explosive investigations. Each year a committee evaluates the nominations and selects a recipient to be presented with the Lawrence W. Tuck Fire Investigator of the Year award at the Indiana Fire Investigation Conference. They evaluate the nominations and select a recipient to be presented with the Lawrence W. Tuck Fire Investigator of the Year award at the Indiana Fire Investigation Conference. The recipient receives the Award on the final day of the conference.