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      Emergency responders honored after saving 2 children from house fire

      The Columbia Fire Department recognized a few good men and women Thursday morning.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The Columbia Fire Department recognized a few good men and women Thursday morning.

      On December 11, eight firefighters and two 911 dispatchers worked together to rescue two children from a house fire on Deer Pass Way.

      Thursday, the emergency responders were presented with certificates of outstanding service.

      ??You know we??re not doing this for a pat on the back, and some people say well its your job but its more than that, these men and women put their lives on the lives to protect others," said Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins.

      Captain Brantley Hanna says it was an honor to be a part of the call and help save two lives.

      "It's a very nervous feeling for me, you know, because I want to have a successful outcome. The last thing I would want - I certainly put myself in the place of that parent I saw in the front yard - but your professional side; you've got to be a firefighter first on that scene, then you can be the father later," said Hanna.

      The family that was rescued could not make the ceremony, but the firefighters say they are glad the children will be able to have a Christmas.