Jim Swartz, chief executive officer of CareFlite, presented Steve Willis with the 2012 Great First Responder Award during Monday's Somervell County Commissioner's Court meeting.

The award recognized him for going “above and beyond” his duty and “service to others above self.”

Willis is assistant fire chief of the Somervell County Fire Department and EMS director. 

Swartz also presented him with a book about historic Texas courthouses.

He was nominated for the honor by his peers.