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LEWISBURG, W. VA (WVVA)-- Firefighters, emergency responders, dispatchers and their families gathered at the Lewisburg Fire Department's award dinner Friday night.

More than 20 awards were given to members and support personnel in the fire department, along with numerous certificates of appreciation for all the hard work they have done throughout the year.

"Without [their dedication]" said Chief Pennington, "we would not be what we are."

Four members were awarded for saving lives: Gary Workman, Nat Tucker, Doug Beard, and Randy Chambers. They received standing ovations.

Joanne Boggs of the 9-1-1 Center was also awarded for her work there, particularly in a situation where she stayed on the phone with children who called for service until help arrived.

"She is so calming and reassuring," said Chief Pennington during the ceremony. "Without her expertise, and the rest of her department, we could not do our jobs."

Firefighters with long careers within the department were also recognized. Assistant Chief Matt Carver received an award for 20 years of service.

"It's something that's in your blood," he said. "And you can't get rid of it. It's difficult to explain but I just love doing this."

The Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office also gave out awards to those gathered who helped out during the June 29 derecho.

Several merit accommodations were also given to members who Chief Pennington said "went above and beyond" to display leadership and professionalism on the job. Among them, Doug Beard and Matt Carver who both tied for "Officer of the Year" and Nicholas Sams, one of the youngest in the department, won "Firefighter of the Year." 

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