Firefighters and citizens received awards for their bravery and quick thinking in dangerous situations at Tuesday night's 2012 awards ceremony hosted by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Families, friends and local dignitaries came to applaude about 100 fire department personnel, rescue workers, citizens and partner organizations who were recognized for their assistance in lifesaving efforts.
Chief Michael Cox, Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman, welcomed the crowd.
Fire Chief John Robert Ray then spoke of the dedication by the honorees to the community and their jobs.
"I reflect back on this past year and feel very proud of our department and our community," said Ray. "Service above self is at the very heart of what fire service is all about. Our award recipients exemplify that belief tonight and set an example to follow."
Rod Daniels of WBAL TV, coined an "Honorary Fire Chief" by the department, presented and recited the stories each award brought, naming the group our "heroes and sheroes" of the county.
Firefighters, rescue workers, detectives, police officers and citizens were praised for their outstanding work in critical situations and natural disasters. Awards were presented for heroic efforts in dealing with brush fires, hurricanes, drownings, boating accidents, earthquakes and for providing CPR to victims.
Anne Arundel County Emergency Management personnel were also recognized.