Bill Moody was and is an amazing man. After decades serving the security industry, including service with SIAC, Bill retired approximately six years ago.
Before his retirement, we named an award for him, the “William Moody Award,” in 2004, while he was still working. When you think of awards to honor someone’s service, that usually happens after that individual retires. It says a lot about Bill that we named one for him while he continued to serve.
The SIAC Board of Directors established the award to acknowledge those special few individuals who unselfishly give their time and talents to alarm management issues and who reflect the attributes of Bill Moody, which include integrity, fairness and perseverance in the face of adversity. We believe those are very unique qualities in honor of a very special person. Visit our page at: http://www.siacinc.org/MoodyAwards.aspx.
Recently we had the opportunity to email with Bill, and he remains on top of the issues. Few will ever truly understand the obstacles we overcame and challenges that our industry faced in those early years. Bill was a pioneer who was never deterred. For those of us who have worked on these issues for years, we can say in full honesty that we wouldn’t live to see the day that the overall dispatch rate went down to about 0.8, with residential down to 0.21. Bill was instrumental in putting us into this position, and the winners of the Bill Moody Award are the types of individuals who contribute tirelessly to do the same.
We now have data proving that when a good ordinance is in effect with strong enforcement, 85% of the permitted systems will not have a single dispatch in any give year. The next 8-9% will only have one dispatch per year.
Thanks again to Bill and all the winners of the award in his name. Your contributions to the industry are timeless.