Local heroes honored at VFW Awards Ceremony

Pictured from the left are Alabama State Trooper Adam Marsh, Caddo-Midway Fire and Rescue’s Lt. Marshal Tucker, EMT Keith Orr, Eighth-grade VFW program participant Jenna Johnson, Eagle Scout Zachary Randolph, American Legion Post 25 Commander Phillip Terry, VFW Post 8362 Quarter Master Fred Gillespie, Owner of Greg’s Ambulance Service Greg Randolph, community service leader Loretta Gillespie and VFW Post 8362 Commander King Streater. 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8362 awarded eight first responders and community service volunteers at a special ceremony Saturday at Greg’s Ambulance Service in Moulton.

VFW Post 8362 Quarter Master Fred Gillespie said about 75 were in attendance to help recognize some of Lawrence County’s most upstanding citizens, with VFW Post 8362 Commander King Streater officiating. 

Those awarded included Alabama State Trooper Adam Marsh, who was awarded Law Officer of the Year, Caddo-Midway Fire and Rescue’s Lt. Marshal Tucker, who was awarded Firefighter of the Year, and Advanced EMT Keith Orr, who works with Greg’s Ambulance Service and was awarded Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.

Jenna Johnson received the Patriot Pin award for her essay, “Why I honor the American Flag,” and for participation in the VFW program. Zachary Randolph received the Eagle Scout of the Year award for his flag display at Victory Baptist Church in Moulton, and Loretta Gillespie received a Loyalty Certificate for her dedication to the community. 

American Legion Post 25 Commander and VFW member Phillip Terry and Greg Randolph, owner of Greg’s Ambulance Service, were also recognized for their distinguished service to the community and for furthering the aims and ideas of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Gillespie said each of those recognized received a certificate of appreciation along with a $50 award from the VFW Post 8362. Each recipient also qualified to move on to a District category.

“We want to make this an annual thing,” Gillespie said. “Greg’s Ambulance Service will still sponsor the awards next year, but they will be held at the American Legion Post 25 building.”

Pam and Greg Randolph said they were honored with the opportunity to host the VFW Community Service Awards.

“We support our veterans and want them to know they are appreciated,” said Greg. “I also support and appreciate those who are serving the citizens of Lawrence County.”

He said the service is a great opportunity for local veterans and community members to fellowship and connect with other local residents and community first responders.

Greg’s Ambulance Service is located at 13414 Highway 157 in Moulton.

For more information about the VFW, contact Fred Gillespie at 256-686-2254.

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