On Friday, Kelly Teague from the Tribbey Fire Department received the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award while Shawnee Fire Lt. Patrick Winsett received the Firefighter of the Year award.

Both were honored at a luncheon at the Grand Casino.

Teague's award was sponsored by the Patriot Auto Group and Winsett's award was sponsored by Shawnee Milling Company.

Each firefighter received $250 and each of their stations also received $250.

Be sure to pick up Saturday's News-Star to see a 32-page section with stories and photos about these two honorees, as well as information on local area fire departments. Also watch for more stories online.

A photo gallery also is posted online.