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Charleston First Responders Honored

Reported: May. 6, 2014 1:10 PM EDT
Updated: May. 6, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - The Charleston Fire Department recognized two of its own in a ceremony at Fire Station Number Two on the west side.

A pair of first responders, chosen by their peers, singled out for their outstanding service to the citizens of Charleston.

Captain Ken Tyree is the Firefighter of the Year. In his 20-year career he's helped save many lives and his knowledge of the city's building codes make Charleston a safer place to live and work.

"Well, it's a great honor to be honored by your peers," Tyree said. "I'm grateful for all of them. I've never questioned my relationship with the guys I've worked with in the office and outside the office. I feel like I've always tried to be a contributor."

In addition to Tyree, the EMS Worker of the Year is emergency medical technician and firefighter Lieutenant Calvin Pierson. Last year, Pierson was involved with two calls involving drug overdoses.

Thanks primarily to Pierson's work, both patients were saved.

"It's something for us firefighters to acknowledge those who go over and beyond at certain situations," Pierson said. "I'm proud to accept this award. I'm glad my family's here today. There are fellow firefighters here. It means an awful lot."

In addition to their knowledge and skills, Tyree and Pierson were also recognized for their leadership. The department says both men are able to rally their fellow first responders in emergency situations to perform more effectively, safely and successfully.



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