Hattiesburg firefighters honored

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department were recognized Friday for their hard work and outstanding achievement in the line of duty during the department's inaugural awards ceremony.

Hattiesburg Firefighter Luke Fordham was named the department's 2014 Firefighter of the Year by his peers. While off-duty Fordham entered a burning structure and saved the remains of a military veteran, medals and papers.

Other awards included:

Assistant Chief Matt Saucier's promotion was made official from captain to second-in-command of the department.

Engineers Brandon Lee, Ben Thompson and William Lewis were recognized for their efforts in rescuing a girl from a 35-foot-deep well in Greene County.

Engineer Shayne Burnham and firefighters Steve Lansdale and Thomas McMahan got credit for resuscitating a woman who had stopped breathing and had been pronounced clinically was dead.

Lieutenant Jeff Morgan and firefighter Robert Smith, were credited for rescuing a man from a burning home on Arledge Street.

Firefighter Brad Chennault, who went through five structures at the University of Southern Mississippi and guided civilians to safety moments after the Feb. 10, 2013, tornado.

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