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The East Manatee Fire Rescue District recognized its best performers at its annual Promotions and Awards Program Feb. 10.
The Board of Fire Commissioners named Chad Hoksema the 2013 Firefighter of the Year. Derrick Toney earned the 2013 Fire Officer of the Year award.
Chief Byron Teates also announced the promotion of two staff members from engineer to lieutenant: Casey Lambert and Adam McDaniel.