The South Walton Fire District held its Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Timothy Padgett Park Facility.



Fire Chief Rick Talbert presided over the awards ceremony as several SWFD members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in 2013 with more than one-hundred SWFD members and family in attendance.



Overall there were more than 50 awards presented. Among some of the award recipients were:



• Fire Fighter of the Year: Sergeant Chris Kidder



• Robert Heighton Lifesaving Award: Lt. Eric Lang, Sgt. Charlee Lanier, FF/Paramedic Kate Christenson, FF/Paramedic Chris Powell and FF/Paramedic Matt Cramer



• Lifeguard of the Year: Nick Dorado



• Rookie Lifeguard of the Year: Alex Winkler



• Fire Chief’s Award: Gary Wise, beach safety director



• Communications Operator of the Year: Dave Swift