MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Firefighters and residents who risked their lives to help others were singled out for their bravery Wednesday at the Memphis Fire Department's annual award ceremony at the Memphis Fire Museum.
Firefighters were honored in categories from heroism to lifesaving to company of the year.
One by one,the honorees took the stage as city leaders and fire department supervisors thanked them for putting others first.
Brad Bondurant was among the firefighters singled out for rescues last summer at Robco Lake. Brown arrived at a boat accident at the lake before firefighters, and single handedly pulled three people from the water.
"We are very honored that we received this award. There are so many firefighters that also deserve awards like this and put their life on the line every day," Bondurant said.
"Well actually, I give the honor to God who gave me the ability and the courage to go out there so I have to honor him first," civilian Leo Brown said.
Brown was given the "civilian award" at today's ceremony.
Wednesday's event was also a memorial service.
In the history of the Memphis Fire Department, 53 firefighters have died in the line of duty. A bell sounded as each of their names were read.