January 7, 2013 Anne Sullivan began her career as a Cadet the the HFD Val Jahnke Training Facility as a member of Class 2013A. She excelled at most endeavors and took on challenges with a sheer determined effort. It was said of Cadet Sullivan by her instructors “that of her 5 foot 2 inch frame, 5 foot 1 inch of it was heart. She never quits.”
Anne was the living example of a strong work ethic. She knew the value of building a good reputation and taking pride in your work. In every training evolution Cadet Sullivan stood out from the others because she wanted to be the best. No outside motivation from instructors was needed.
Firefighter Sullivan bravely died in the Line-of-Duty on May 31, 2013 at the 5-alarm Southwest Inn fire along with three fellow Houston Firefighters in a roof collapse.
The Anne McCormick Sullivan award was commissioned at her Memorial Service on June 6, 2013. The award will be presented to Cadets who best exemplify integrity, extraordinary responsibility, never-quit attitude and the discipline and commitment to be the best.
In her short tenure, Anne left a legacy of hard work, dedication, and excellence to the Houston Fire Department.