The Roaring Lion Fire was a dangerous, fast-moving forest fire this past summer and besides the Forest Service crews, the Bitterroot Valley's volunteer fire departments were on the lines, too.

The Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce decided to award the departments "Volunteer of the Year" and made the award at the recent annual banquet in Hamilton.

The volunteers received the night's only standing ovation.

The following video shows Chamber director Al Mitchell making the proclamation, and a heartfelt "thank you" from Hamilton Fire Chief Brad Mohn.