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Watertown city firefighters honored for service

Updated: Oct. 17, 2019 at 7:57 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown City Fire Department honored its members Wednesday.

A ceremony in honor of Fire Prevention Week was held in front of friends and family at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station.

A few years ago the department started handing out annual awards and pins for firefighters who performed honorable service throughout the year.

More than 25 members were given awards for such things as helping a mother in labor deliver a baby, saving people by using CPR, and for fighting a fire on Myrtle Avenue fire earlier this year that killed 4 people.

"This is recognition of individual effort and group effort," Chief Dale Herman said, "and letting the citizens know that they've got a top-notch fire department protecting and watching out for them."

One firefighter completed a four-year executive fire officer program. He’s one of only about 10 to do so in the city of Watertown.

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