Some of Allentown's bravest are getting a much-deserved pat on the back.
The fire department's annual memorial and commendation ceremony was held Monday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Numerous firefighters were recognized for acts of bravery and heroism over the past year, and for reaching milestones in the number of years they've served the city.
Allentown firefighter Chad Ege was recognized as the 2021 Allentown Fire Fighter of the Year. Ege joined the department in 2008. He commands the department’s bomb squad and is a member of the hazardous materials team.
The Alfred W. Fischl Fire Service Award was presented to Assistant Chief Michael Zellin for his consistent and dedicated work ethic throughout his career, according to a news release from the city of Allentown.