Four members of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services recently graduated from the National Honor Guard Academy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The graduates are Lt. Scott Richardson, firefighter Brian Foley, Lt. Anthony Hitt Jr., and firefighter Matthew Hunt, according to a department news release.
Fire Chief James Bonzano and Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico attended the graduation.
“Upon completing this program, our staff will be assigned to assemble our Department of Fire and Rescue Services first ever honor guard to represent our community and serve our members should situations arise,” Bonzano stated in the release. “This honor guard will provide one of the most visible and positive images for our department. Be it a parade, groundbreaking ceremony, sporting event, retirement or funeral, the presence alone of the honor guard immediately draws attention and raises the formality of the event.”
The academy included a balance of classroom presentations and hands-on repetition of practical skills, based on three key principles, the release states. Those principals are: Preserve pride, honor and tradition; pay precise attention to detail; and build a network of local and national resources.
Training was also provided on basic drills and ceremonial movements, church and casket protocol, and flag etiquette, the release states.
Richardson, commander of the new honor guard, stated in the release that the honor guard members share an “overwhelming pride” in the county and department, striving to reflect a positive image of both.
“Our honor guard will be built on a foundation of honor, dignity and respect, with the utmost concern for the needs and wishes of the community, department members or affected family members,” Richardson stated.
Anyone seeking information on the honor guard of the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, or in learning how it can participate in an event, can call Richardson at 540-636-3830.