The Baltimore County Fire Department's annual Commendations Ceremony will be held tonight, 7 p.m., at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. The ceremony honors first responders and civilians who have performed exceptionally over the past 12 months.

The night's highest award will be the Citizen's Medal of Honor, given posthumously to Phillips Fitzgerald Lee III, 82, of Hunt Valley. In January 2016, Mr. Lee ran back into inside his burning home to rescue his wife. Mr. Lee sustained critical burns and died of his injuries a few days later.

Other recognitions:

  • Two off-duty Fire personnel who stopped simultaneously to render aid at a serious motor vehicle crash on Pulaski Highway will receive Unit Citations.
  • Responders from BCoFD, the Baltimore County 911 Center, Maryland State Police, the Anne Arundel County and Baltmore City fire departments and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police will be honored for their roles in a tragic open water rescue at the Key Bridge.
  • A 16-year-old boy who helped a woman from a burning Parkville apartment building will receive the Citizen's Commendation.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman will attend.

The Fire Department Commendations Board, comprised of career and volunteer personnel, considers nominations for awards based on specific criteria including intelligent decision making, skill, bravery and risk.