State Fire Marshal and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has named Clay Willingham as the state’s Firefighter of the Year
Willingham, of the Horn Lake Fire Department, received the honor after having served for a decade with the unit. He is a member of the department’s heavy rescue unit, which requires him to perform all rescue operations in his district.
“Clay is a dedicated public servant who never hesitates to place himself in grave danger in order to rescue an individual in distress. Being a Firefighter is not a job, it is a calling, and Clay is a shining example of what it means to live a life of sacrifice and service to others,” Chaney said.
Willingham was selected over the more than 800 firefighters who were nominated for the award.