GLEN ROSE – First responders frequently put their lives on the line to protect the communities they serve. These men and women often do so without the expectation of recognition, but because they are called to protect.

Although, it’s always a nice to receive a pat on the back for a job well done.

During its regular meeting held Tuesday, June 28, the Optimist Club of Glen Rose recognized Somervell County Fire Chief Mark Crawford as a "Hometown Hero" and presented him with a certificate for “leadership and bravery in the face of danger and adversity.”

“[Mark] is truly one of our hometown heroes,” Glen Rose Optimist Club President Susan Bussey said. “He serves as a role model for the fire department and our community. He also heads the ‘Explorers’ program where junior fireman from our community can prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders and volunteers.

“Mark also has successfully applied for and received grants to benefit out community and the fire department. Thank you from the Glen Rose Optimist Club and all its members.”

Crawford, who is never one to accept individual praise for his own actions or accomplishments, humbly accepted the recognition on behalf of the department as a whole.

“I very much appreciate the Optimist Club and what they do for the community,” Crawford said. “This award is a reflection of our entire department and the efforts that each member of the department gives towards the community.”

The mission of Optimist International is to provide hope and positive vision in the community, and to bring out the best in community’s children. For more information on the Glen Rose Optimist Club, email Peter Gruber, secretary, at


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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