Clay Willingham, a firefighter with the Horn Lake Fire Department, was named Mississippi Firefighter of the Year at the Governor's Public Safety Awareness Awards ceremony in Jackson on May 10.
Governor Tate Reeves, Attorney General Lynn Fitch,Commissioner Sean Tindell, and Commissioner Mike Chaney hosted the Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony to honor five public safety leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect Mississippians.
“Everyday, public safety leaders across the state selflessly serve to protect us all,”said General Lynn Fitch. “And they do not get nearly the recognition
they deserve. Today, we want to show our appreciation to these heroes by celebrating them in the company of their peers. I am grateful for their service and dedication to seeking justice and making Mississippi a safer place for everyone.”
Willingham is a full-time firefighter in Horn Lake who is assigned to the heavy rescue unit and also works part-time as a volunteer at Walls Fire Department.
Commissioner Chaney recognized Willingham, who has been with the Horn Lake Fire Department for almost ten years.
“Clay is a dedicated public servant who never hesitates to place himself in grave danger in order to rescue an individual in distress," Chaney said. "Being a Firefighter is not a job, it is a calling, and Clay is a shining example of what it means to live a life of sacrifice and service to others.”
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