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Salute to Service

By Staff | Jun 17, 2015
Photos by Ed Parsons Crowds turned out for last year’s Hero’s Day Parade in Sistersville, where the community paid tribute to those who serve. Below, members of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department come out to support Hero’s Day.

“Hero’s Day”, which began back in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, will now be held on the second Saturday in September. This will serve as a tribute to firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical workers who are dedicated to helping those in need and protecting the public.

Hero’s Day was first started by the Rev. Bill Dawson, who is also a volunteer Firefighter in Sistersville. This celebration has continued with the support of the city of Sistersville and numerous government, business and private entites.

WV House of Delegate member Roger Romine (R-TYLER) was the primary sponsor of this resolution at the state level and championed it’s advancement during the last session. As a result, the celebration, which began in Sistersville, will now be held statewide, following the adoption of House Resolution 16 during the 2015 regular session of the WV Legislature.

“Emergency personell, police, EMS, firefighters, etc, serve the public in ways that we could never repay for the sacrifices they make,” said Delegate Romine. “Especially here in West Virginia, where a majority of our fire departments are volunteer departments serving rural communities, we must acknowledge the good work and services they provide to our communities.”