Honoring Hoosier Heroes

February 23rd, 2012 at 9:33 pm by under Eric Halvorson's Blog

Business people in Carmel should watch for a special letter this week.  Since my name is on the letter, I’m interested in making the message successful. 

Carmel’s Fire Department hopes to find people willing to make contributions to their new Recognition Banquet.  (My name is included in the letter since I’ll be the Master of Ceremonies.)

This will be a special event for Carmel — for several reasons.  It will be the first such banquet for the city’s firefighters.  Chief Keith Smith says the department has grown enough that it’s time for a formal awards program.

Smith also told me, this week, there is “some history that needed to be recognized.”

The Chief wants the department to honor one person in particular, a Carmel firefighter who died in the line of duty back in 1960.  Skip Clark was never recognized for his sacrifice.  And, Smith wants to correct that oversight.  The department will present a Medal of Honor to Clark’s family.

The April 14th banquet will also recognize current firefighters for their years of dedication to the service and to the city.

Contributions will help make sure the firefighters and their spouses enjoy a proper tribute.

Chief Smith assured me: no public money will be spent on this event.

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