Firefighter of the year; beyond the call of duty

By Amy Khuu

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Firefighters often put their lives on the line to save others, and Friday night, one local man was honored for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Thaddeus Lee Keep Jr. was awarded the William Grace Firefighter of the Year award.

Keep has been a volunteer firefighter for four years for the Lisle Fire Company.

In April 2013 a call came in for a man down who was not breathing. Keep was the only responder trained in CPR, and saved the man's life.

Keep thanked everyone for the honor and says he is just glad for the opportunity to help others.

"I've never expected an award, this is something I love to do. I choose to do it, I'm not paid to do it.. It's just something I really enjoy doing," said Keep.

The award is named after William Grace, a past chief of the Johnson City Fire Department and longtime member of the fire association.

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