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Volunteers honored

The Patrick County Fire and Rescue Appreciation Banquet was held Saturday night at the PCHS cafeteria. Service pins and awards were presented to members. Pictured above are Julia Conner of the Smith River Rescue Squad, who was named the EMS Agency Officer of the Year, and Brandon McAlexander of Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department, who was named Fire Officer of the Year. (Not pictured are Dustin Foley, Smith River, EMS Pre-Hospital Provider of the Year; Michael Hall, Moorefield Store VFD, Firefighter of the Year; and David King, First Responder of the Year.) Flags were also presented to the families of deceased members Mahlon Harrell of the Meadows of Dan VFD; David Hunnicutt, Patrick Henry VFD; Ralph Elmo Hall Sr. Patrick Henry VFD; Donnie Knight, Moorefield Store VFD; Warren Wimbush, Fairystone VFD; and Cee Wilson, Fairystone VFD. The Henry County Honor Guard presented the colors. Other participants included Mike Chilton, president of the Fire and Rescue Association, and Roger Hayden, chairman of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors. (Photo by Pat Shouse)rescue awards

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