The event honored men and women in eight areas of service and recognized personnel with 25 years of service.
Fire Chief Bill Lacy delivered a brief message before the award presentation.
“I have long believed that kindness, generosity and genuine compassion for the needs of other people are what set our profession apart from other professions,” he said. “Thank you for your professionalism and for the quality service you give to our community each day.”
Operations Chief Brad Johnson said the department will have its hands full in 2014.
“It’s going to be a very busy year with great things in store,” he said.
Awards presented were:
Firefighter of the year – Kyle Prince
EMT of the year – Malcom White
Rookie of the year – Carlos Bentley
Officer of the year – Lt. Lucas Harmsen
Paramedic of the year – Drew Hand
Training officers Award – Lt. Rodney Wiggins
Inspections/prevention officer award – Lt. Glenn Brooks
Administrator assistant of the year – Torrie Mitchell.
Additional awards included a presentation to Kyla Tammaro, wife of Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Tammaro, and a certificate of appreciation to a representative of the caterer.
“Shane’s Rib Shack has always been a great sponsor for Henry County Fire Department events and we can’t thank them enough for the many years of support,” Capt. Sabrina Puckett said.
The banquet was totally funded through private donations.
“Without those who so graciously give each year, this event would not be possible,” Puckett said. “A special thank you also goes out to all those who contributed their time and efforts.”
Organizers were Firefighter/EMT Justin Wynn and Dawn Keck, wife of Firefighter/Paramedic Tim Keck.
Special guests in attendance included retired Clayton County Battalion Chief Steve McCullough and Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.
In other fire department news, Puckett noted firefighters so far in 2014 have responded to an average of “one house fire per day.”
That included three fires on a single day, Feb. 2.
“All residents were out of their homes when firefighters arrived. Two of the three homeowners were alerted to exit their homes by their smoke alarms,” Puckett said.
The department has responded to more than 2,196 emergency calls this year and continues to exceed the 2013 call per day average, by five calls every 24 hours, she said in a statement.
“As we continue through the winter months, we would like to encourage homeowners to focus on fire safety in their home and with their families,” Puckett said. “If you do not have a fire escape and/or an emergency plan, take time to make one. Review with all persons residing in your home and practice your plans regularly.
“Also, the importance of having an emergency kit for both your home and your auto was definitely confirmed by the recent weather event here in Georgia. Prepare your emergency kits today.”