Two Burton firefighters have been honored by their peers for their dedication and leadership.
Lt. Justin Blankenship and Engineer Ethan Webb were honored by the Burton Fire District at its Christmas Awards Banquet on Saturday, according to a district news release.
Blankenship was selected as the district’s Officer of the Year for 2016 for going above and beyond, according to the release. He participated in extra training and has responded to about 300 emergencies so far this year.
Webb was chosen Firefighter of the Year for 2016 for stepping into leadership roles and taking on new responsibilities, according to the release. He’s one of the firefighters who drives the firetrucks and has the fastest average response time on his shift — one minute and 10 seconds.
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Webb also was awarded Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year for 2016 for saving someone in cardiac arrest by performing CPR until an ambulance could arrive, according to the release. Webb was off duty at the time.
“These two firefighters are shining examples of the dedication and commitment of all Burton firefighters,” Fire Chief Harry Rountree said. “I have watched these two men from their first day as firefighters to what they have become today, and I couldn’t be more proud, especially after the tough year we’ve had.”