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'NOT JUST A PAYCHECK': City honors two firefighters

The city honored firefighters Greg Lamb and Ian Hill for their work and dedication. The city honored firefighters Greg Lamb and Ian Hill for their work and dedication.

The Hendersonville Fire Department honored the achievements of two firefighters during its annual awards ceremony earlier this month. Fire Engineer Ian Hill was presented with the Firefighter of the Year Award and Assistant Fire Marshal Greg Lamb was honored as Officer of the Year.

“These awards are important, because they’re voted on by our team,” Fire Chief D. James Miller said. “Getting recognized by your brothers and sisters is special. It’s not just about making a difference in the community. It’s about cheering on your fellow firefighters too.”

Hill, a city firefighter since October 2020, also volunteers with the Junaluska Fire Department in Haywood County. Previously he served for five years as a firefighter and engineer for the town of Canton. His peers recognized him for being reliable and for being extremely thorough in daily truck checks.

"To him it’s not just a paycheck," a fellow firefighter said. "It’s about getting to help others, train with some cool equipment, drive a fire truck, be a part of the brotherhood, and ultimately fight fires.”

Lamb joined the city fire department in May of 2020, bringing 26 years of service with the town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue as a lieutenant and paramedic and a member of the South Carolina HazMat Cobra Team. Known for his "can do" attitude, Lamb earned the respect of his colleagues for his unwavering commitment and readiness to assist whenever needed.