Created: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:06:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:19:20 EST
Students across Middle Georgia are getting statewide recognition for their efforts to improve fire safety.
Students from kindergarten through 12th grade gathered at the state Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth for the 21st annual "Life, Fire, and Safety Awards."
Students won awards for a fire safety essay and poster contest.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudges says 98 people died in fires in Georgia this year, and being aware of fire safety is important: "These kids have really put a lot of effort into these posters and these essays and I'm just delighted that I can be here to award their efforts."
In addition to the awards for youth, several firefighters and emergency responders were awarded for their effort to promote fire safety.