The Shawnee News-Star is looking to honor our local heroes and nominations are now being accepted for Firefighter of the Year awards. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1.

The Shawnee News-Star is looking to honor our local heroes and nominations are now being accepted for Firefighter of the Year awards. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1.

One firefighter of the year will be named from the Shawnee Fire Department, while one Firefighter of the Year also will be named from the other surrounding area/volunteer fire departments.

The two winning firefighters — and their stations — will each receive $250 that will be presented at a luncheon in their honor in November.

To nominate a deserving firefighter, we just need their name and department/station, along with a short summary about why the firefighter is deserving of this honor.

Nominations forms can be mailed to the Kent Bush, Publisher, The Shawnee News-Star, P.O. Box 1688, Shawnee, OK 74801, or dropped off at the office, 215 N. Bell from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or information can be emailed to kent.bush@news-star.com. As the one making the nomination, please also include your name and phone number in case we have any questions.

Along with the News-Star, these awards are being sponsored by Shawnee Milling Company, Patriot Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort. The winners will be recognized at an event on Nov. 17.