Local Heroes Honored On 9/11
With the entire nation commemorating the 10th anniversary and heroism of 9/11 on Sunday, Fulton County also took a few hours to honor its own heroes. More than 100 firefighters, EMTs and first responders gathered at Fulton County Medical Center to be recognized for the courage they demonstrate day in and day out.
At 4 p.m. all three county fire companies gathered for a photo beneath the companies’ two ladder trucks. With the American flag flying overhead, they came together to reflect and remember.
“It was not only a time of remembrance but a time of celebration of our local heroes who give everything every day,” said county Commissioner Craig Cutchall. Cutchall has personally experienced firsthand the dedication of these responders, the giving up and sacrificing of their time and even their lives when duty calls. “They never know what they are going into.”
Commissioner David R. Hoover II, also a member of Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., thanked all the companies for their dedication. “We could have easily been Shanksville in just a few seconds, and there is no doubt in my mind you would have handled the situation.”
Fulton County Medical Center CEO Jason Hawkins held a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11, then thanked the local men and women who show their bravery every day in service to the community.
Larry Garlock, representative of state Rep. Dick Hess’s office, also thanked the heroes on behalf of the representative.
The short ceremony was followed by food, fellowship and fun. Twelve teams battled it out to win the first-ever “Local Hero Horse Shoe Tournament,” with the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co. (HAVFC) pulling off the win. Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Black and his son, Dylan, brought home the honors. HAVFCO will house the traveling championship plaque for a year. The winning score was 21 -18 over the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. team of Ed Stonecipher and Roger Everts.