The Shawnee News-Star is honoring local heroes, and nominations for Firefighter of the Year awards are due by Nov. 2.

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

The two winning firefighters will each receive $250 that will be presented at a luncheon in their honor in November. In addition, both of their fire stations will each receive another $250.

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

Nomination 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. Information can also be typed and emailed to 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. 16.