Many of the first responders were on the front lines eight months ago when Hurricane Florence hit the East.
For the first time since several agencies are being recognized for their commitment to saving lives.
From the oldest first responder in the room to the rookies.
Seeing Lenoir County and Kinston emergency agencies coming together is a rare sight.
Clyde Dunham is a charter member and the first chief of the Southwood Volunteer Fire Department in Kinston.
For the past 15 years, the banquet has united firefighters, deputies, and emergency, management workers.
Building stronger bonds and highlighting the tireless work that may go unnoticed.
Deputy Matthew Benson is a deputy with the Lenoir County’s Sheriff’s Office and winner of this year’s distinguish service award.
Benson said building relationships with each other, and the community is a recipe for success.
Several former firefighters are also being remembered who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.