12/15/2013 8:38 PM
by Karen Franklin
PAX - A Fayette County volunteer fire department announced Sunday its top-ranked fireman was named Firefighter of the Year.
Members of the Pax Volunteer Fire Department voted for Capt. Shannon Keel to receive the top honor at their annual Christmas dinner, according to Asst. Chief John Lovelace. Keel, a career coal miner, has been captain for just over a year and a firefighter for just under 10.
Lovelace told Newswatch the vote is usually left up to the officers, but the department decided to switch it up this year.