Huntsville Fire & Rescue crews honored with Life Saving award

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Just before midnight on January 17, 2015, Huntsville Fire & Rescue responded to a house on Nadina Drive.  Fire crews from south Huntsville Station 14 rescued a man trapped inside. Tuesday, the men got the recognition they deserve.

"It certainly changed the way I look at life," said survivor Keith Campbell as he choked back tears of gratitude. Keith and his parents, Walter and Evelyn Campbell, met with the men of Station 14 face-to-face on Tuesday to express their gratitude.

It's a perfect circle for the guys of Engine 14 to see standing right in front of them, living and breathing, the reason they do what they do -- risking their own lives daily. For leading his crew through the rescue, Captain Jeff Burns was given a Life Saving Award from the city of Huntsville.  Second shift crews from Company 9 and 14 were awarded the same distinction, including Captain Steve Yearick, Driver Engineer Jon Cummings, Firefighter James Patterson and Firefighter Danny Rollins.

Huntsville firefighters at Station 14 receive an award for rescuing a man from a fire on Nadina Drive in January 2015. (David Wood/WHNT News 19)

Huntsville firefighters at Station 14 receive an award for rescuing a man from a fire on Nadina Drive in January 2015. (David Wood/WHNT News 19)

"Everybody did their jobs like they were supposed to and it just worked out for us," Captain Burns said humbly.

It's just another day in the life for his crews, but a life changer for the Campbell family.

"Really one of Huntsville's finest," said Walter. "These group of guys, I mean they jumped right on our place and they were just great."

"I'm just so thankful for them," added Evelyn. "And there's no way we can ever repay them, you know?"

Let's start with a little credit where credit's due for a group that'll tell you, 'that's just my job.'