Commission pays tribute to county firefighters for dedication to duty

By Rick Nichols
Vindicator – May 7, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 11, 2015

The willingness of a number of brave men and women to battle a raging fire any time day or night on behalf of Jefferson County’s citizens was recognized Monday afternoon during the weekly meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

At the request of Miles Hutchinson, who is a volunteer firefighter with the Fairview Township Fire Department, the board voted unanimously to issue a proclamation designating the day as Volunteer Firefighters Appreciation Day in Jefferson County.

Afterward, Commissioners Richard Malm, Lynn Luck and Wayne Ledbetter individually thanked Hutchinson, the other firefighters in the room and the many who could not be present due to work or other obligations for their manifold efforts in defense of life and property throughout the county. As fate would have it, some of these same firefighters were summoned into action later in the afternoon when a barn fire broke out along Marion Road south of K-92, threatening to destroy the vehicles inside it.

Those on hand to hear Hutchinson read the proposed proclamation included Daniel Rosencutter, Chief of the Ozawkie Township Fire Department, and Josh Williams, who is a volunteer firefighter with the fire department.

The date chosen for Volunteer Firefighters Appreciation Day, May 4, coincides with International Firefighters’ Day, which has been observed around the world since 1999. IFD was prompted by a desire to recognize men and women everywhere who engage in the difficult and potentially dangerous task of firefighting, often with minimal compensation, in the wake of a tragic wildfire in Australia in late 1998 that claimed the lives of five firefighters.

In Europe, May 4 is known as the Feast Day of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. According to Wikipedia, as a Roman soldier, this saint-to-be was responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Moreover, legend has it that he once saved an entire village from going up in flames with just a single bucket of water.

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