A local EMS responder is being honored with the 2018 Keeper of the Flame award.

Theresa Maddox of Finney County Emergency Medical Services was chosen unanimously by the members of the Garden City Fire Department Honor Guard as the award recipient.

The Keeper of the Flame Award Banquet will be held at 6p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Inn ballroom. Cocktail attire is expected, and tickets are $60 each.

All proceeds will benefit the GCFD Honor Guard to fund training attendance, equipment purchase and maintenance, travel expenses for memorial visitations throughout the state, as well as a visit to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.