It’s Martin Luther King Jr., day, a holiday during which we recognize the slain civil rights leader and for which most schools, banks and government offices are closed.
The holiday also means volunteering, and the Serve Illinois Commission is promoting the day off from school and work as a day of service.
Scott McFarland, deputy director of Serve Illinois says that in King’s words, “everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”
And here’s some news about those who serve our community year-round:
At a weekend awards banquet, the Sandoval fire department honored Kinmundy-Alma Fire Chief Kevin Day for his dedication and service for going above and beyond his duties as a representative of Towers Fire Sales and Service.
Julie Crippen was honored for her work with the annual thanksgiving dinner and toys for tots drive; retired chief JD gore was honored for his 27 years of service to the department; Shea Hodge was honored for 5-years service; Ben Beckmann for 6-years; and Shaun lance for 10-years.
Gary Speagle was the top responder with 266 on scene calls; Trey Gambill was presented with the Tom Nicolay EMT of the year award and Codie Melton was named Firefighter of the Year.
The Sandoval Fire Department responded to 650 calls in 2012, 137 fire service calls and 513 EMS calls.
The most notable of those calls were 330 emergency ambulance; 101 non-emergency ambulance; 88 mutual aid EMS; 29 grass fire calls; 29 motor vehicle accidents and 18 structure fire calls.