Every year, a few dedicated folks take time away from their families and holiday activities to help in the hard work of setting up, shooting and taking down the annual county Fourth of July fireworks display at DeHart Park in Stuart. The weather forecast was certainly threatening, but the Good Lord granted us the opportunity to proceed as planned.
Those persons who made it happen include Patrick County Emergency Services Coordinator Steve Allen; D.J. Lawson of Ararat Volunteer Fire Department; Ronald Terry and Michael Harrell of Meadows of Dan Volunteer Fire Department; Joey Errichetti and Randall Collins of Patrick Springs Volunteer Fire Department; Jerry Woods of Jeb Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad; Terry Tilley, Buddy Dollarhite, Blair Clark, Erica Cipko, Brad Lawless, Clint Weidhaas, Alex Pegram and Terry Mills of Stuart Fire Department; and Karen Corbett.
Because of my recent back surgery, all of these folks had to pick up my slack, and did so without being asked. Their safety-conscious hard work is much appreciated.
Clyde Crissman at County Recreation and Ed Belcher at County Maintenance also helped a good deal before and after the shoot, and I am most grateful for their assistance. I hope everyone enjoyed the show.