Rickie Floyd said he likes being a firefighter so much that he did it for free for the first five years.
That kind of dedication is just part of the reason that Floyd, now with the Shelbyville Fire Department, was named the Shelbyville Employee of the Year for 2011.
"They left me speechless," Floyd said. "I usually talk a lot, but I didn't know what to say on that."
Floyd started with the fire department in 1987 as a volunteer and finally got on fulltime in Feb. 1992.