Legion recognizes first responders during benefit to help fire victims


Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 presented a host of awards to first responders during a benefit dinner for fire victims on Saturday, June 14.

The dinner was in support of those displaced by the fire at the former NAPA building at the corner of Main and Poplar Street.

The legion presented plaques to the various first responders who dealt with the fire.

Barb Anderson presided over the event with Roger Jones making the official presentation to the Rising Sun Fire Department, Rising Sun Police Department, Ohio County EMS, 9-1-1 Communications, Ohio County Sheriff, and the Rising Sun Fire Department Auxiliary.

Also, Anderson recognized Mike Fish and Timmy Kelly as residents who were first on the scene to assist. Both men and the legion received gifts of gratitude from the victims of the fire.

In addition, Roger Hilligoss presented a check for $150 from the Emery Lee Nocks VFW Post 5312 in Aurora to go towards the fire victims.

Police Chief David Hewitt complimented the small community on its response to the fire and acknowledged assistance received from East Enterprise and Aurora.

Fire chief Kevin Armstrong presented $250 which was collected the morning of the fire. While the firemen were on the scene 15-16 hours, Armstrong said a man came up and gave him money that he had collected. A fund had not been set up at the time so he waited to present on Saturday.

The legion continued its support of the community by presenting a check for $1008.23 to Rising Sun band director Ron Eads which paid for new jerseys to be worn at the annual Memorial Day Services.