NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Fire Department honored several firefighters at a special promotions and awards ceremony on Thursday.
Nacogdoches Fire Chief, Keith Kiplinger along with Mayor pro tem, Mike Keller presented the awards to the deserving firefighters.
Five firefighters were promoted to higher rankings within the department.
Jody Chandler, Jason Scorsonelli and Clint Poole were promoted to drivers/engineers.
Michael Brown was promoted to Fire Captain and Robert Ford was promoted to Division Chief.
Several other firefighters were given prestigious awards to recognize their courage and heroism on the job.
Members of the C-Shift were awarded the Unit Citation Award, for their quick response to a house fire, in which two lives were saved.
Battalion Chief Terry Westmoreland, Captain Raymond Sims, Firefighter Caleb Holloway and Engineer Thomas Murphy were all presented with the Exceptional Duty Ribbon for devotion to duty and service to the public.
Firefighter Anthony Cruz was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal for his fast acting response and service on the job.
Captain Steven Arreguin, Firefighter Cody Best, and Captain Myrick Richard were presented to the Medal of Gallantry for their acts of courage in a hazardous circumstance.
Captain Steven Gutermuth and Firefighter Clint Poole were presented with the Medal of Courage.
“It's not often that we have the opportunity to recognize the firefighters that work hard every day. All of our firefighters are here around the clock, 24 hours a day and we have been doing this for over a 106 years in Nacogdoches,” Kipplinger said.
“It's important that we recognize the good deeds of the firefighters who have been making a difference for the past 106 years," Kiplinger added.
A survivor that was rescued from a burning house in 2013 was there to personally thank the men for their fast acting skills that saved her and her mother’s life.