Veterans, those currently serving in the military, and local first responders were honored in a ceremony before Friday’s football game between the Firelands Falcons and Wellington Dukes.
About 25 servicemen, mostly from Lorain County, gathered on the field before the game and thanked those in attendance for the recognition.
“I’m glad to represent safety services anywhere,” said Wellington police chief Tim Barfield. “We happened to be invited out here tonight but it’s about representing all safety service people. It’s a beautiful night and it was very kind of Firelands to do this.”
Barfield was joined by Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee and Florence Township fire chief Bill Rennie.
“We’re appreciative of everything,” said Wetherbee. “Guys go through a lot whether it’s police, fire, or EMS. Our veterans of course go through a lot too, and we’re more than happy to attend.”
“I think tonight is really great,” said Rennie. “There’s many of us who volunteer our time to serve our community here, which means taking care of these kids and this school. I think it’s nice that we’re appreciated.”
The Firelands Music Boosters hosted an ice cream social for the service members and the Wellington Honor Guard raised the flag as the national anthem was played.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media Members of the military and emergency response officers were honored before Friday night’s football game between Firelands and Wellington.