Thousands of men and women put their lives on the line each day to assist their community, but it's not every day those individuals are recognized for their service. Linda Nail, Vice President of the Hattiesburg Insurance Professionals, says there is more to being a firefighter than meets the eye.
"Human lives are saved by these brave men and women," Nail said.
"We recognize that the job is 24/7 and the firefighter has to be ready to leave the comfort of his own home."
Hattiesburg Insurance Professionals and Hattiesburg Firefighters chose Captain Matt Saucier as the 2013 Firefighter of the Year. He accepted the award surrounded by his peers and family.
"My family's been great for the past 18 years I've been on the job. My wife has had to share me with the department. I couldn't do it without her. She's always been supportive and always stood behind me and I appreciate that, so much," Saucier said.
He said today would not be possible without his colleagues.
"For those guys to put that kind of trust in me or that kind of appreciation out to me means the world to me," he said.
Saucier joined the Hattiesburg Fire Department in February of 1995, and received his certification at the Hattiesburg Police Fire Training Academy. He currently serves as captain assigned to Station 1 in Downtown Hattiesburg.