Jefferson Rural Firemen Name Lt. Earnie Collins Fireman of the YearThe Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District has named its Fireman of the Year. The honoree this year is Lieutenant Ernie Collins of rural Mt. Vernon. Collins has been a volunteer fireman for more than 30 years. He has made more than 700 of the 900 calls run by the fire district so far this year. In addition, Collins was recognized for his assistance around the fire station. The award was announced at the department's annual Christmas Party Saturday night.
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