Local firefighters, families and friends gathered recently for the Addison County Firefighters Associations annual awards ceremony and dinner. Gov. Jim Douglas was also hand to congratulate the hard-working volunteers. Selected recipients of ACFA accolades: Marcel Kimball of the New Haven Fire Department: Firefighter of the Year Award. Chief David Shaw of Middlebury Fire Department: Francis Shorey Fire Chief of the Year Award. Patrick Crowley of the Vergennes Fire Department: Line Officer of the Year Award. Clifford (Dusty) Huestis: Maintenance Technician of the Year Award. Chief Ralph Jackman: Lifetime service award for 60-plus years of service to Vergennes. Lucille Kimball and Howard Grant: Volunteer service award for shuttling volunteer firefighters to and from training sessions. Bruce Putnam: Training award. ACFA members also mentioned: Jim Breur, Vergennes; Ken Sawyer, New Haven, David Trueman, Ferrisburgh; Ray Daniels, New Haven; Larry Provost, Middlebury; Paul Meader, Monkton; Paul Bolduc, New Haven; John Palmer, New Haven; Charles Thibault, Starksboro; Bill Brown, Vergennes, and John Dugan, Vergennes.