It's been an especially busy winter for firefighters in Erie County, with dozens of blazes just since January.
Tonight was a celebration of their efforts.
Members of all different fire departments attended the Erie County Firefighters Banquet Friday evening.
During their night off duty, they relaxed with a social hour, dinner, and awards ceremony.
Some local leaders were also on the guest list, to speak at tonight's event and say "thank you" to the men and women who keep Erie County safe.
Some firefighters at the banquet have been serving our area for decades.
"It gets in your blood, if you've never had the occasion to save a life it's pretty hard for you to understand," said Erie County Firefighter Association Secretary Jim Petrone. "But if you save one, or two, or twenty, or fifty, it kinda sticks with you."
Congratulations to Gil Keinath of the West Ridge Fire Department, who was named Fireman of the Year.