|Canadian Firefighter auto-extrication writer Randy Schmitz was recognized today by members of the Alberta legislature for his nomination for the 2013 Ernest C. Manning Awards for the Schmitz Mittz (www.schmitzmittz.com). Schmitz, a Calgary firefighter, designed and developed the high-strength auto-extrication gloves. Schmitz is one of 11 Alberta nominees and one of 45 from across Canada for the award. The winners will be announced in October. Schmitz (second from left) is pictured with Calgary-area MLAs Ian Donovan and Kyle Facett and Speaker Gene Zwozdesky.