The Exchange Club of Douglas Thursday honored some of the area's best first responders.
They handed out awards to top employees with the GBI, Douglas Police, Coffee County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia State Patrol, and city and county fire departments.
The honorees were surprised.
"You have a lot of negativity, a lot of negative police mentality and it was nice to set down for a meal and hear someone say something nice about you rather than you're nothing but a ticket writer or worse," Brandon Smith, GSP Douglas, Trooper.
One of the officers of the year, Douglas Police officer Larry Carter, Junior, was injured in the line of duty in July.
We'll give you an in depth looks at him Friday.