RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP/WHNT) — A veteran firefighter from northwest Alabama has been honored as Alabama’s fire chief of the year.

Russellville Fire Chief Joe Mansell began his firefighting career as a volunteer in 1990. He became a paid firefighter in 1992.

Six years later, he was promoted to lieutenant and then in 2002 he was named fire chief.

He was honored as the state’s chief of the year recently during a conference in Mobile. Russellville Capt. Randy Seal says he’s seen the department steadily grow under Mansell.

News 19 has reached out to Franklin County officials and Russellville Fire Department for additional comments and photos.