From left: Chief Tim Nelson, Earl Bonett ESGR, Reed Frailey, Thomas Messer and William Messer
Amherst Fire Department can now stow the service flag flying under the American flag at AFD Central Station, with three blue stars representing a trio of their own--or I should say "our own"--who were serving in a far off dangerous place, Afghanistan.
Considering just over 1800 of their comrades returned home to friends, family and loved ones in coffins covered by an American flag, today was indeed a glorious day to celebrate.
Chief Tim Nelson was surprised to receive an plaque from Employer Support of the Guard Reserve for unwavering support of the men under his charge, which he instantly deflected to include the entire department and all the town officials who continued to show their support by attending today's ceremony.
The ceremony also included swearing in a new front line firefighter (but not a new position), Adam Cormier. Mike Roy had been acting as both firefighter and fire prevention officer but will now do fire prevention full-time, and will no doubt work closely with the town's other newest employee, building inspector/code enforcement officer Jon Thompson.
Adam Cormier sworn in by Town Clerk Sandra Burgess. Town Manger John Musante (conservative red tie) looks on