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Celebrating America’s Heroes

By Staff | Sep 10, 2014

Firefighters, law enforcement officers, canine officers, veterans, members of the armed services, the AirEvac helicopter team, EMS responders, emergency management services, search and rescue members, dispatchers, and all who serve their community tirelessly to keep our citizens safe were honored in Sistersville on Sunday with a full day of recognition and appreciation.

In September 2011, Sistersville’s Rev. Bill Dawson created the “Heroes Day” celebration in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, as well as to recognize the service of the many American heroes serving their communities every day, all around the world.

“These men and women are heroes, everyday,” Dawson said. “They put their lives on the line for the rest of us, many on a volunteer basis. They deserve to be recognized for their service.”

The day of celebration included an Ecumenical Worship Service at the First United Methodist Church; a covered dish dinner; parade of heroes; and many events and activities at the City Park.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued Certificates of Recognition to heroes present at the celebration which read in part:

Whereas, the City of Sistersville, West Virginia, has chosen to celebrate the outstanding contributions of local Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Service Workers; and

Whereas, these men and women go above and beyond the call of duty and put their lives on the line for the safety and well being of others; and

Whereas, we are reminded of their bavery, selflessness and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis; and

Whereas, it is important to take the time to honor the people who have given so much of their time to protect our families and community each and every day; and

Whereas, our Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Workers are a model of extraordinary public service and truly set an outstanding example for us all.