JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - ?
They risk their lives everyday to keep the community safe. On Wednesday night, they stopped to honor some of their own.
An awards presentation was held to pay tribute to several Jonesboro firefighters.
Wes Davis was named Firefighter of the Year.
Captain Jason Wills was named Officer of the Year and then surprised by receiving a special Commendation Medal, the highest honor for a firefighter.
Both Wills and Davis said it means a lot to be recognized by their fellow firefighters.
"I'm very thankful and I'm very honored that my fellow firefighters voted me for this," said Wes Davis. "It's awesome."
"We all live together, work together. We all rely heavily on one another and we're out to serve the citizens of Jonesboro," said Captain Jason Wills. "I just feel privileged I get to work with the amazing group of people I do."
The Invincible Fire Company Unit award was also presented to Captain Korley Martin, driver Carey Pfiefer, firefighter Mike Parsons, Captain Kinley Gatewood and firefighter Dustin Bellers for their response to a structure fire on April 22 at Aspen Gardens.
These firefighters discovered residents trapped on balconies and initiated simultaneous ladder rescues, saving many lives.