(Newnan Times Herald) – Coweta County Fire Rescue Chief Deron “Pat” Wilson was recognized by Gov. Brian Kemp last week during the 47th annual Firefighters Recognition Day in Atlanta.

Wilson was named the Tommy O. Morgan Chief of the Year in August last year.

“Through a commendation from the governor’s office, beautiful words were presented to me from the governor,” Wilson said. “Getting the chance to shake his hand and speak with him was quite an honor to me.”

Each year during the conference the governor recognizes the Fire Chief and Firefighter of The Year.

“I’m not one for accolades. I just like to come out here and do what I do,” Wilson said. “To me, it’s about the other people who serve, and it’s about the members of this department.”

Wilson was featured as the first recipient of “Firefighter Friday,” an initiative by Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to recognize firefighters across the state who have done exemplary work in their field.

“I was honored to be the first one selected for that recognition through Commissioner Beck, so I look forward to being able to submit some of our folks this year,” Wilson said. “I’d love to get 50 of the 52.”