A number of firefighters and paramedics were honored Thursday night along with a 9-year-old girl at the second annual awards ceremony put on by Hall County Fire Services in the banquet hall of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.
Yvonne Correa, who saved her siblings when their home caught fire earlier this year, was given the Civilian Valor Award and Life Saving Medal.
Sgt. Ryan Beasley was named Firefighter of the Year, Justin Blanchard as EMT of the Year, Dwight Emmett as Paramedic of the Year and Lt. Ed Ryan as Officer of the Year.
Those receiving the Medical Lifesaving Award include paramedics Stephen Sears and Jonathan Baker and EMTs Jason Clark and Stockton Trotman. Those receiving the Cardiac Lifesaving Award include paramedics Jonathan Baker, John Murray, Teddy Jarrard, Stephen Sears, John Hornick and Lee Moon, and EMTs Vic Mills and Tyler Brady.
Battalion Chief Tyler Dorsey received a Chiefs Award for his role in organizing a Firefighter for the Day event in November for 4-year-old Sean Robertson, who has neurofibromatosis.
The award ceremony is funded by donations, according to the Hall County Fire Services.