Falkville VFW #10774 presents annual awardsPublished 11:50am Wednesday, May 8, 2013
More than 25 individuals, community organizations and businesses were recognized during a Loyalty Day Program sponsored by Falkville VFW Post #10774 on Saturday.
The dinner meeting was held at the post home and was attended by about 80 veterans, auxiliary members and guests
Post Commander Don Collum and Senior Vice Commander Jim Miller, along with several auxiliary members, presented awards. Special guests were Calvin Underwood, state senior vice commander and Ken Rado-man, commander of Huntsville VFW Post #2702.
Falkville Police and Fire Chief Chris Free was honored as Police Officer of the Year and Co-EMT of the Year. He received certificates of appreciation and two cash awards of $100 each.
Other individuals receiving certificates and $100 cash awards were: Tiana Drinkard, Aaron Burgess, Pam Richeson – Co-EMT of the year. Tim Olsen – Firefighter of the Year, Cody Lanford, Linda Grissom, Courtney Danielle Watts, Grace Ziegler and Karen Randolph.
Falkville Police Depart-ment, Falkville Fire & Rescue, Ebenezer Volun-teer Fire Department, Falkville Public Library and Falkville School Library each received a $250 cash award.
Seven Brewer JROTC cadets were presented certificates of appreciation for the assistance they gave the post when it presented an Easter program for dependents of the 152nd MP Company. Receiving the awards were Britany Lawrence, Kailee Ramsey, Morgan Williams, Trawick Lowe, Kayla Ferguson, Nathan Scoggins and Jacob Perdue.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to business sponsors Dental Associates of Madison, Bender’s Gym, Publix and Dollar Tree.
The Auxiliary also presented several awards. Recipients included: Elizabeth Davis, Jo Ann Ennis, Brandon Osborn, Kelisha Dotson, Lashana Cook, William Dotson, Jennifer Childers, Heather Parker, Danielle Pace and Heather Parker.
Collum received a plaque in recognition of his service to the post and the community.
State Commander Under-wood said he attended the awards program for “what Falkville Post 10774 is doing right.”
“I was here last Christmas for the program the post sponsored for the dependents of the 152 MP Company,” he said. “I was amazed to see the smiles on the faces of the kids when they received gifts from Santa. I was also impressed with the work the post’s members did helping to build a greenhouse for veterans living in the Van Tutt Veterans Home in Huntsville.
“I don’t know of another VFW post in the state that does as much to help the community,” he added.