Avery firefiighters were honored last week.

The Avery Journal reports the Avery County Firefighters Association held its annual awards dinner on Nov. 7 and named Linville Volunteer Fire Department’s Lt. Dustin Rupard as County Firefighter of the Year.

Mike Laws received Avery County Medical Responder of the Year and Larry Cuthbertson received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 47 years of service to Avery County.