Representative John McCravy visited Highway 34 Volunteer Fire Department and met the team. He and his wife Dana presented 3 certificates to firefighters Chief Tony Gambrell, Brent McKellar, and Stephen Shenal.
Four more certificates will be presented later to Engineer Karl Clegg for 28 years of service, Firefighter Willie Baker for 20 years of service, and Jeannie Shenal and Mary Gambrell for their years of support services. “These are some of Greenwood’s best and brightest.” Rep. McCravy said, and if you know the history of HWY 34 Volunteer Fire Dept., it’s hard to disagree. Combined, the recipients have over 160 years of experience. Chief Gambrell holds the record for current employees at 35 years of dedication and loyalty. He saved a woman from a house fire in 2013 without wasting precious time to put on his own protective gear. His selfless heroism embodies the whole team. They are dedicated to saving lives.
The team recently completed a training program called Emergency Medical Responder, which included CPR/AED training. They have already saved one person’s life by doing emergency CPR, and they are prepared to save many, many more.
“First responders have put their lives on the line.” Says Rep. McCravy. “They do the right thing every day at great personal risk, sometimes without payment. We all owe them a debt of gratitude. It’s time for us to do something for them.” Rep. McCravy encourages all citizens to take action and thank the first responders in their area.