FARMINGTON -- Bagpipe players, Celtic dancers, speakers and family members helped honor Davis County firefighters who have gone beyond the call of duty.
In all, 31 firefighters were recognized for their work.
"Most of them are very humble and wouldn't ask for the awards," said North Davis Fire District Deputy Chief Mark Becraft.
Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn spoke at Thursday's ceremony at the Farmington Community Arts Center.
"I've seen you in action, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you," he said.
"It's not the heroic things you do, but the day-to-day type of things you do, 24/7, 365 days a year, snowstorm and sunny days -- you're out there, helping others."
Karen Cox, widow of South Davis Metro Fire Agency Fire Marshal Steve Cox, received a Distinguished Service Medal for her husband's work.
Steve Cox had been participating in a firefighter skills fitness test at fire station 81 in Bountiful when he began to have difficulty breathing and maintaining his balance.
He was rushed to the hospital and then flown to the University of Utah Medical Center, where he died on Aug. 28, 2011.
He had been with the fire agency since 1989, when it was Bountiful Fire Department.
"The fire department was everything to Steve," Karen Cox said. "It never stopped for him. He always answered his phone."
She and her children received a standing ovation when they walked up to the stage to receive the award.
Layton Fire Capt. Jason Cook also received a Distinguished Service Medal award for his work in implementing the Rapid Sequence Intubation program for the Layton Fire Department and the Davis County Sheriff's Office.
Cook spent "hundreds of hours of his own time developing the program," said Layton Fire Battalion Chief Jared Sholly.
South Davis Metro firefighter Jordan Hummel received the rookie of the year award.
He thanked his co-workers for "their leadership and guidance," and also his father for his advice.
"He said to 'put a smile on your face, do good work and love what you do,' " Hummel said.
Clinton Fire Chief Dave Olsen gave citations to two companies in his fire department.
One of those groups received the citation for responding to "an average everyday call. It was an ordinary medical call for a 53-year-old woman having difficulty breathing, but before they got her in the ambulance, she went into full cardiac arrest," Olsen said.
The woman, who was hospitalized for several weeks, recovered and is leading a normal life, Olsen said.
"We fail to see how we make a difference in our community, just doing what we do every day," he said.
The Davis County Fire Officers Association plans to host an annual ceremony to honor firefighters, said Layton Fire Public Information Officer Doug Bitton.
Farmington Fire Chief Guido Smith said having a ceremony that recognizes firefighters throughout the county makes sense because "we already work together, train together and offer mutual aid."