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2014 JDC Fire Fighters of the Year honored

Thursday evening the Jeff Davis County Fire Fighters held the annual banquet at the Rosenwald Institute Building to honor those who had been chosen from each of the county’s volunteer fire departments as an outstanding fire fighter for the year.

Those selected as each fire department Fire Fighter of the Year were Bassfield- Johnathan Fairley, Clem-James Earl Stephens, 84 West-Becky Bridges, Granby-Joe Parker, Oakvale-Pete Ward and Prentiss-Robert Earl Stephens.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—JDC 2014 Fire Fighters of the Year by department were: Prentiss FD-Robert Earl Stephens, Granby VFD-Joe Parker, Bassfield FD-Johnathan Fairley, Clem VFD-James Earl Stephens, Hwy. 84 West VFD-Becky Bridges and Oakvale VFD-Pete Ward

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—JDC 2014 Fire Fighters of the Year by department were: Prentiss FD-Robert Earl Stephens, Granby VFD-Joe Parker, Bassfield FD-Johnathan Fairley, Clem VFD-James Earl Stephens, Hwy. 84 West VFD-Becky Bridges and Oakvale VFD-Pete Ward

Overall 2014 Fire Fighter of the Year Award went to Robert Earl Stephens of the Prentiss Dept.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight-Overall Award for 2014 Fire Fighter of the Year went to Robert Earl Stephens of Prentiss Fire Dept. and was presented to him by Fire Chief Howard Kelly. 

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight-Overall Award for 2014 Fire Fighter of the Year went to Robert Earl Stephens of Prentiss Fire Dept. and was presented to him by Fire Chief Howard Kelly. 

The banquet was attended by many of the county’s dignitaries who spoke nothing but praise for those who volunteer their time and effort to help our residents be safe and save their properties. The profuse rain falling during the meeting, as stated Mayor Charley Dumas, was a reminder that regardless of the weather the fire fighters of the county respond whenever they are needed and he expressed appreciation for their dedication to the job.

Jerry Evans, Fire Fighter Coordinator of Lawrence County made a special presentation to the family of Jessie Sanford on behalf of the MS Fire Academy. Evans, a trainer, stated Sanford was one of the most dedicated fire fighters he had seen, gathering information even before she was old enough to join and always eager to participate in any training program offered showing a heart and aptitude for the job.  Sanford’s dedication and young life was cut short by cancer in 2014.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—A special award was given to members of the Jessie Sanford family, her brother Eddie Sanford and sister Samantha Stubbs, presented by Lawrence Co. Fire Coordinator Jerry Evans.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—A special award was given to members of the Jessie Sanford family, her brother Eddie Sanford and sister Samantha Stubbs, presented by Lawrence Co. Fire Coordinator Jerry Evans.

Keynote speaker for the event President of the MS Fire Fighters Association and Covington County Fire Chief John Pope stated that the honor of being selected fire fighter of the year by your peers is the highest honor you can receive. Pope stated fire fighters were servants to the community and need to be fully involved in every aspect of the service to make a difference in lives. He also reminded fire fighters that they meet people on their worst day and to keep the word “service” in the forefront.

Other speakers included North Forest District Chief and Coordinator of Memorial Service for MS Fallen Fire Fighters Tommy McDermott and MS State Fire Marshall Ricky Davis.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Guest speakers for the Fire Fighters Banquet included MS Deputy State Fire Marshall Ricky Davis, MS Fire Fighters Association President & Collins Fire Chief John Pope and North Forest Fire Chief Tommy McDermott. 

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Guest speakers for the Fire Fighters Banquet included MS Deputy State Fire Marshall Ricky Davis, MS Fire Fighters Association President & Collins Fire Chief John Pope and North Forest Fire Chief Tommy McDermott.

The meal was prepared and served by Mack’s on the River Fish House and door prizes were donated by numerous businesses in the county.