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The Lexington Fire Department was recently awarded a departmental award as the 2019 Sanilac County Firefighter of the Year for the quick actions and safe rescue during the winter of a man who had gone out walking on the ice on Lake Huron. The man was far from shore and had fallen and suffered a head injury, he was too weak to get up when a concerned neighbor, Mark Hertzfeld, noticed him and called 911. The Lexington Fire Department responded with their special ice rescue suits and inflatable ice rescue boat and with many members in various positions on the ice, they were able to assist the man into the rescue boat and then safely took the man to shore where he was treated and then transported to the hospital by Croswell EMS. Several agencies around the area responded to assist in the effort. Mark Hertzfeld also received a meritorious service award for his role in the rescue.