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THOMASVILLE, GA – January 30, 2019– Thomasville Fire Rescue recently held their annual Firefighters’ Appreciation Banquet and, as part of the evening’s festivities, presented several awards for distinguished service.

Earning the Life Saving Medal were Firefighters Keifer Barnes, Miles Howard and Branden Smith; Engineers Kevin Butler, Jonathan Conner, Chance Holt, and Ernest Moore; Lieutenants John Harper and Mark Nelms; and Captains Jonathan Paschall and Scott Suber. “Receiving the Life Saving Medal is an incredible honor,” said Chris Bowman, Thomasville Fire Rescue Chief. “The award is given to those who were principally involved in a lifesaving act. The personal actions of each of these individuals were directly responsible for saving someone’s life.”

The award for Firefighter of the Year was given to Firefighter/EMT Miles Howard. “The award exemplifies a high degree of motivation, loyalty, and positivity, as well as superior job knowledge and firefighting skills that this individual brings to his or her team,” said Bowman. Howard said he was honored to be recognized with TFR’s Firefighter of the Year award, “This is one of the most meaningful accomplishments of my life,” he said, “I want to thank everyone who has believed in me and helped me become a better firefighter throughout the past year.”

Assistant Chief Greg Owens was recognized with the Fire Officer of the Year award. “This award is presented to an Officer who has displayed a commitment to our profession, organization, and community through leadership on and off duty,” Bowman continued, “It is a true honor to be the recipient of this award.” Owens said he was proud to be recognized. He said, “I am honored to be selected by my co-workers as the Fire Officer of the Year. It is an honor to work with such a great group of people.”