Clayton Fire Company held their annual Appreciation Banquet Dec. 15 to celebrate the members of their company for the year that has passed. The evening started out with a dinner and ended with a dance, but it was highlighted for the many awards that were given out.

Once such award was the Stephen Turner Memorial Award, an award started in 1972 by the parents of junior member Stephen Turner who died at the age of 17 after a battle with cancer. This year's award winner is Smyrna High student Joshua Klingler.

Before announcing the winner of the award, Fire Chief Robbie Johnson explained to the crowd that this year's winner had made a significant impact with the company in only a short time.

"He is always striving to do his best to make this a better company," Johnson said.

Klingler took a few minutes after winning his award to talk about the honor and why he became a junior member.

Q Why did you join Clayton Fire Company?

A I joined the firehouse because I wanted to serve my community and my parents. Pretty much all my family members are firefighters so I wanted to continue the tradition.

Q What do you like about being a firefighter?

A I like being a firefighter because I get to help my community out and do whatever I can around the community to help save other people's houses. I like doing pretty much whatever I can to help.

Q What's been your favorite memory so far?

A I would have to say tonight.

Q Were you surprised to win the award?

A Yes.

Q How do you feel about winning?

A It felt good. It feels good to win so I can remember this in my future.