Jeremy Richardson is Kirbyville Firefighter of the Year. Richardson was named on Saturday at the annual installation of officers banquet which was held at the Gateway Tabernacle Church.

Kirbyville Fire Chief Greg Ellis said Richardson earned the award by going above and beyond the call of duty.

Receiving an award for service to the fire department and community was David Littlefield who owns a dirt work and excavation business. In addition to being a member of the Kirbyville Fire Department, Littlefield is also a very active member of the Jasper County Emergency Corps.

Others recognized on Saturday included volunteers Andy Garmon, who has served for 5 years, Colton Ellis, who has served for 10 years and Wayne Hughes, who has been in the department for 20 years.

During his address, Chief Ellis also thanked the wives of the firemen and other departments within the area for service and assistance when needed and the Gateway Church for hosting the banquet.

Guest speaker for the event was Adrian Littlefield, who is a retired pastor in the area. Littlefield, is a pastor in Kirbyville Area, was one of the victims of the University of Tower Shooting in Austin on August 1, 1966 killing 14 people and injuring 31 others.

Littlefield, who was 19 at the time said the incident taught him a lot about the value of life and also about heroism.

Littlefield said he owed his life to the police and other heroes that came forth to help him and others who had been shot.

Even though he was seriously injured and almost died, Littlefield underwent numerous surgeries and not only survived but recovered from his injuries.

Littlefield said that on that day, he learned that "Being a hero is being able to give of yourself, even when it hurts" and he praised the volunteers of the Kirbyville Fire Department for their service to the community.