In the photo (from left to right): Capt. Henry McElvain, Capt. Anthony Moore, Fire Marshal Beau Matlock and Capt. Andrew Waters. (Photo: Contributed/Geoff Woolard)

Three Chattanooga fire investigators received top honors from the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson in Franklin, Tennessee, on May 3.

Capts. Anthony Moore, Henry McElvain and Andrew Waters were named "Public Fire Investigators of the Year" for 2016, according to a news release.

The fire investigators work under the guidance of Chattanooga Fire Marshal Beau Matlock.

"These men and their families have made sacrifices in the performance of their duties," Matlock said in a prepared statement. "They have missed holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other important personal events to get the job done, but rest assured, they will continue to do all they can do to protect the citizens of Chattanooga."

The fire investigation division of the Chattanooga Fire Department dates back to 1983 when the Fire Prevention Bureau was formed, according to the news release. The division has grown over the years and seen significant advancements in the technology and skills required in the field of arson investigation.

Chattanooga's fire investigators are trained as firefighters, but they also must go through the police academy as well, according to the news release. Their principal job is to determine the cause and origin of fires. When arson is involved, they conduct investigations, interview suspects and when necessary, prosecute cases to the fullest extent of the law. 

For more information on the fire investigation division of the CFD, click here.