The fourth annual National Night Out, hosted by Somervell County Crime Stoppers, included special recognition for volunteers who gave their time to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The event, held Saturday on the courthouse square in downtown Glen Rose, was a convenient opportunity for residents to meet with local first responders and law enforcement employees. Among the groups on hand were the Somervell County Fire Department, Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, EMS personnel, DPS, Game Warden, constables and 911 radio dispatchers.
Sheriff Alan West said 22 people including nine civilians who traveled to help Texas residents in the flooded areas were presented with certificates of appreciation. They were presented by County Judge Danny Chambers, Fire Chief Mark Crawford and West.
“Twenty-two people went into, basically, disaster land, to help people in need,” West said. “They took their time to save a lot of people’s lives, to get them to dry land.”
The volunteers who were honored were: (Port Aransas deployment) Mark Crawford, Matt Peelman, T.J. Bunt, Spike Williams, Nathan Huhn, and Jamie Cashion; (Houston area deployment) Brian Jones, Brad Isham and Brandon Fipps with the Somervell County Fire Department; and Dwayne Griffin, Thomas Cochran and Cameron Ray with the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office; Constable Mike Reynolds; and local residents Barry Merrill, Gary Sowders, Cody Lawson, Brazos Cannon, Matthew Brady, Sam Iwasaki Jr., Gabe Ekstrom, Patrick Allen and Kyle Alldredge.
Somervell County Crime Stoppers Chairperson Marilyn Phillips said Saturday’s event featured games and handouts for kids, hot dogs, vendor booths, and a disc jockey for the musical entertainment. Gadgets, toys, coloring books and Halloween “safe treats” were available for the children.