Tribute for all local emergency service teams set again on 9/11

UP CLOSE LOOK-Attendees of the second annual Clay County Emergency Services Tribute in conjunction with the National Day of Remebrance of 9/11 will have the opportunity to get an up close look at the emergency equipment used by local heroes across the county, much like the fire truck pictured above at a past parade. (HORIZON file photo)

UP CLOSE LOOK-Attendees of the second annual Clay County Emergency Services Tribute in conjunction with the National Day of Remebrance of 9/11 will have the opportunity to get an up close look at the emergency equipment used by local heroes across the county, much like the fire truck pictured above at a past parade. (HORIZON file photo)

CELINA-Ray Norris of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the County and City Mayors’ Offices, the County Commission, and other sponsors, announced Monday they plan to again honor local heroes–all area emergency services teams on September 11.

To coincide with the National Day of Remembrance, the Clay County Tribute will take place for the second year in a row at the historic courthouse here with equipment demonstrations, photo opportunities, and live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. and awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

The Clay county Three-Star Program Committee is requesting all county-wide emergency services workers assemble at the Celina Historic Courthouse at 5 p.m. for a long-overdue commendation ceremony.

“If you are a member of one of the emergency service units, you are to be honored at a special tribute to your heroic and selfless service to our community,” a committee member said.  “As we reflect upon the tragic loss of life of those who perished on September 11, 2001, and recall the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in our nation in the aftermath of those attacks, Clay County is dedicating September 11, 2013, to recognizing our own local heroes who have invested their hearts and energies into the safety and security of us all, often without regard for their own personal welfare.

“By honoring our local emergency services heroes, Clay County will be paying tribute to the men and women of our community who tirelessly prepare and remain ready to answer the call to duty in times of emergency.”

Emergency Service units will be on hand with fully equipped emergency vehicles and crews.  Come check out the gear, meet the heroes, and have your photo taken with your favorite crew or local dignitary.

“Show your support of our local heroes by attending the tribute,” the member said.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the Clay County Chamber of Commerce here at 424 Brown Street or call (931) 243-3338.

“We need musical talent, photographers, videographers, interviewers, and goodwill ambassadors,” the member said.  “Give us a call and come help with this great event.”