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Fire Officer of the Year named

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Capt. Elzie Kitchen Jr. is named the Fire Officer of the Year. Capt. Elzie Kitchen Jr. is named the Fire Officer of the Year.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A firefighter who has been serving the community for decades was honored on Wednesday.

Savannah Fire Capt. Elzie Kitchen Jr. was named Fire Officer of the Year by the Savannah Optimist Club. Kitchen joined the department in 1998. During most of his career he was part of the hazmat team. 

Kitchen said he hopes the honor makes him an example for the others in the department.

"This is a very humbling honor to be recognized by your peers in the department, and I just feel honored to represent the department," he said. "Hard work pays off - even if you think no one is paying attention that it does pay off." 

He also stressed the importance of education. He is currently finishing his master's degree. 

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