PHOTO: WIMA/Jason Aldrich

Matt Parker has been chosen as this year's Lima Firefighter of the Year by the Lima Noon Sertoma Club.

Firefighter Parker received his award- and a standing ovation- at yesterday's luncheon.

It was emotional for him- as he honored his wife Lori- for taking care of his family during his long-hour shifts and time away from home.

The Firefighter of the Year award has been given out by the Sertoma Club since 1972.