PRAIRIE CITY - The Prairie City American Legion Auxiliary No. 106 sponsored a community potluck on Sept. 11 for the Prairie City Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department. More than 100 community members attended the event, which began with a short history of the song, "God Bless America" written by Irving Berlin, which at one time was proposed to be the national anthem. The group sang the song, accompanied by Melody McKinley and Lynn McDonald at the piano.
Amos Cardwell spoke of thoughts and prayers for people lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. After a moment of silence, appreciation was expressed to the local firemen and policemen.
Fire Chief Jim Sullens spoke briefly about the 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 national tragedy and referred to the similarity of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He noted the local fire department's active members who consistently respond in greater numbers than any other fire department in Grant County. Norma Rynearson and Louise LaBaugh presented firefighters in attendance with certificates of appreciation: Jim Sullens, Kerry Gregg, Kyle Jackson, Wayne Ratliff, Chris Camarena, David Packard Sr., David Packard Jr., Jeremy Judd, Kelsey Wright, Ray Wenger, James Tatum, Jim Wood, Casey Adams, Randy Hennen, John Titus, Marvin Rynearson, Tom McAuslin, Bob Titus, Hank Goslin, Jim McKinley, Dean Hicks, Ed Negus and Kip Ervin. Nancy Wood was recognized as an EMT.
Prairie City Police Chief Dave Welch gave a short speech noting how fortunate we are to live in this country and compared it to other less fortunate countries. He introduced his staff, Jim Wood and Dustin Shaffer.
This information was submitted by Eula Thompson, Prairie City American Legion Auxiliary, Post 106 news reporter.