VFW to honor public safety officials

Published 9:21 pm Monday, September 16, 2013

A local police officer, EMT and firefighter will be honored in a ceremony by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Joe Bagley Post 2582 on Friday.

The ceremony, set for 9 a.m. at Fire Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road, will honor Officer Antonio T. Diggs, Fire/Medic Colt Pulley and Acting Battalion Chief David Harrell.

The post is doing the program as one of the ways it honors local public safety workers, Post Quartermaster Kenneth Wiseman said.

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In addition to its upcoming program, the post is growing by leaps and bounds — so much so that it recently was recognized as the fastest-growing post out of all 147 in the state, Wiseman said.

Its membership stands at 46, he added. The post also is in lease negotiations for the building behind Wilroy Baptist Church where it holds its meetings.

“For the first time in 75 years, we’ll have our own building,” Wiseman said. “This is the first step down a road we’ve never been down.”

Also Friday, the post will lay a wreath at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery at 8 a.m. for National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

The post also is working with Walmart to get boots donated for veterans who need them for construction jobs, Wiseman said. Recently, 187 pounds of food was collected in a food drive for homeless veterans.

The organization meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at 301 Williams Road. Each meeting includes dinner for $10.

For more information, call 860-501-3035.