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Iuka's recently appointed Assistant Fire Chief Nick Hays (right) is presented a jacket as part of his award for being Officer of the Year.

Becky and Gregg Butts (center) tied as First Responder of the Year. The award was presented by Assistant Chief Nick Hays (left) and Chief Kenny Eagan (right).

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Iuka Firemen group photo at award dinner.

Iuka Fire Department Holds Annual Awards

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Iuka Fire Department handed out a number of annual honors at its annual awards dinner Saturday night. 

Dennis Jett was named Firefighter of the Year. 

Greg and Becky Butts shared the First Responder of the Year.  "We just help everybody that needs us whenever they call us out to help with the medical rig that comes from Salem," Greg Butts said.  "It's the second year for First Responder for me and I was really surprised.  Like he said, we go out and help the other people and we do what we can," Becky Butts said.

Recently appointed Assistant Chief Nick Hays was named Officer of the Year.  "A lot of the times when Kenny is unavailable, I just basically take over.  I try to get the training set up for the guys, just going above and beyond trying to get stuff taken care of.  I go to other departments, see how they do things and try to bring it back to Iuka," Hays said.  He is a more than 20 year veteran of the Iuka Fire Department.

The First Responder of the Year Becky Butts was also honored for making the most calls with 67.  Steve and Linda Thompson tied for second and Greg Butts was third.  Hays was honored for having the most training hours at 114.  Linda Thompson was second and Dennis Jett third.

Iuka Fire Chief Kenny Eagan reported the department handled 115 calls during 2012.  Most of those calls were to assist with medical emergencies.  Eagan said the number of calls was about average. 

The chief noted the appointment of Hays as Assistant Chief after former Assistant Chief Leon Duis want back to the rank of firefighter.  Butts was appointed the department's chaplain.  Shawn Harper and Dan Wooden were promoted to Captain and Mike Anderson to Lieutenant.

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