The Manning Fire Department had a record number of calls in 2019 and recognized the leaders in the department at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 10.
"Tonight is a night we thank our firefighters and their significant others for their dedication and service to the Manning Fire Department and the citizens of Manning," Manning Fire Chief Mitch McElveen said in his welcome. "Firefighting involves the whole family. Sunday dinners are hampered, birthdays, Christmas with the family may all be interrupted by firefighting. Late nights and early mornings, training, suppers and special events we may participate in."
"Coming home smelling like smoke and dirty are just part of the job," McElveen said.
"We may not be in the best of moods depending on the call," McElveen added. "These things impact our families so we appreciate you and your patience and dedication to our responsibility."
The MFD gives certificates for five to 15 years of service and plaques beginning at 20 years of service.