King, 29, first started volunteering with the fire department his senior year in high school in 1998.
"I have always enjoyed firefighting. I have also worked as an EMT and a first responder," he said.
After graduating from Thayer High School, he was hired by Burlington Northern Railroad and moved to Springfield. King has two children ages 2 and 3-years-old. He moved back to Thayer in November of 2007.
"Most of my experience in fire training has been hands-on. I have learned a lot from some of the more experienced firefighters that have completed Firefighting 1 and 2 programs. Tim Ward probably taught me more about firefighting than anyone else," King said.
The Thayer Fire Department has about 20 members. Norman Todd is the fire chief. Johnny Brown and Jason Baker are both captains at the fire department.
King works for both the city of Thayer Fire Department and the Thayer Rural Fire Department.
"I really enjoy working with the fire department and being able to help other people in their time of need. It's an honor to have been selected as Thayer Firefighter of the Year. I feel honored," he said.
King said when he is not working or volunteering with the fire department, he enjoys spending time with his children and family.