Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong

Recognizing Dual Service in our communities

Many of our veterans have worn more than one uniform in service to our country and their community. Twice the servant, they place themselves at risk to defend the United States in our armed services only to also protect and serve communities as law enforcement or first responders.

Serving abroad and here at home, their common thread is an admirable inability to separate self from service. This dual servant represents a burden few others endure.

We, as legislators in Ohio and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, are working to formally recognize these remarkable individuals through Armed Services, Peace Officer, and First Responder Dual Service Recognition Day. With the support of fellow southern Ohioan Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, the Ohio legislature has designated November 10 as Dual Service Recognition Day. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a similar resolution was introduced.

Those dedicated to a lifetime of service are owed an extra measure of gratitude. Dual Service Recognition Day recognizes those who run towards danger as part of their daily job.

Robert Dwyer is one of these individuals. Robert, a Marine Corporal, was wounded in Korea and received a Purple Heart. Upon his return home, Robert Dwyer continued his service to his fellow Americans as an Ohio State Highway Patrolman. One night, while making what seemed to be a routine traffic stop, Robert was shot and severely wounded. This man, who served his nation at home and abroad, received his first wound from the Chinese and North Korean communists and his second from another American.

Another is James McNaughton, the first of New York City Police Officer to lose his life in the line of duty Iraq. He came from a family of police officers, and deployed just a year after the twin towers were struck. While deployed, McNaughton volunteered for a dangerous mission in place of fellow soldiers who had children back home. It was his last mission, losing his life to an enemy sniper.

To risk your life again and again is an incredible commitment to your fellow man

Ohio House Bill 244 and U.S. House Resolution 516 honors Robert, Jimmy, and the thousands of who twice serve their nation. This inaugural November 10th, we hosted spanning Southern Ohio to recognize those individuals in our communities.

The support and turnout from our local communities for was immense. The ranks of our local sheriff and police departments, fire stations, and other first responders are dotted with veterans and those who may go on to serve in the armed forces.

Only one percent of Americans serve in the United States armed forces. Each and every man and woman who serves is willing to put their life on the line for generations of Americans they will never meet.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” goes John 15:13. Those who volunteer to continue running towards danger know that love.

The men and women who don the uniform to serve their country and community are responsible for the very freedom and prosperity we enjoy, asking little in return. These dual service individuals, and their families, bear the weight of the unknown, never knowing what dangers the next call or deployment will bring. For this, we recognize them, and say thank you.

http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Wenstrup.jpg

http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_TerryJohnson.jpg

Brad Wenstrup

Guest Columnist

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 People's Defender