Flames were directly behind the cab, Clary recalled, noting the first responders on scene were working to get Miller out without the use of a hose line to wet down the vehicle.
Clary, who was coordinating the rescue effort that ended with Miller suffering only minor injuries, said it was difficult to watch but all the training paid off.
The crash. The wires. The flames. The gasoline. The rescue. "All the bad stuff coming together at one time," Clary said. It was "A once in a lifetime kind of call."
One of the state patrol dispatchers said the first responders got Miller out just in time.
Miller, there to witness the ceremony, fulfilled his wish "to thank every one of you guys again for your time, and I appreciate you guys helping me out."
Chief Steve Agenbroad honored his crews with awards, including the Medal of Valor -- the department's highest honor -- for several of the firefighters.
Clary said it's nice to be recognized for the risks fire and rescue personnel take.
"With a human life to save... We had to take every risk we could to save his life."