Son Duong Lifetime Achievement Award
Son Duong, Cambridge resident and 20-year veteran of the Cambridge Fire Department, received the Lifetime Achievement award handed out at the Minnesota State Fire Department Association’s conference on April 27.
Nominated by Deputy Fire Chief Will Pennings, Duong attended the conference unaware of the nomination and his choice as this year’s recipient of the award. Attending the MSFDA’s conference in Mankato, Duong was sitting at his assigned table when his family filtered into the room to sit at the table next to him.
“I was getting emotional seeing them there, and then the speaker started saying the winner of the next award is not born in the U.S. – he was born in Vietnam,” Duong paused, “and it just hit me like a rock. ... I just felt honored and humbled to receive the award, no doubt about that.”
Born and raised in Vietnam, Duong came to the United States when he was 18 years old in October of 1975.