Shown L to R: James Allen Cleveland, 3rd Runner-Up; Mike Abrams, 2017 Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year; Heidi Alexander, 2nd Runner- up; Rev. Barry Lusk, 1st Runner-Up; and Hodges Smith, Association President.
The Association presented its Presidential Award to the Greene County Democrat and the Greene County Independent, county newspapers.
The Greene County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments held its 5th Annual Volunteer Fire Fighters Ball and Awards Banquet, Friday, October 13, 2017 at the former Greene County National Guard Armory. Four volunteer fire fighters were recognized for their dedicated service as volunteer fire fighteers. Michael H. Abrams received the award as Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year; Rev. Barry Lusk was honored as 1st Runner-Up; Heidi Alexander was 2nd Runner-Up and James Allen Cleveland was 3rd Runner-Up. Each Volunteer Fire Department was recognized for its commitment and dedication to community service.
As a great surprise to all present, the Association presented its Presidential Award to the Greene County Democrat and the Greene County Independent, county newspapers, in recognition of their exemplary dedication and outstanding service.
Michael H. Abrams, 2017 Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year, joined the Eutaw VFD in 1976, following in his father’s footsteps. He has attended numerous training classes offered by the Alabama Fire College including Fire Investigation; Hazardous Materials Leak, Spill and Fire Control, Alabama Industrial Development – chemical technician. He is also a certified driver.
Rev. Barry Lusk, 1st Runner-up Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year, was inspired to be a Volunteer Fire Fighter after assisting Mr Walter Taylor with a call in 2002. He then joined the Boligee VFD and in 2010 also joined the Forkland VFD. Rev. Lusk was appointed Fire Chief for Boligee in 2015 and now serves faithfully for both Boligee and Forkland VFD’s.
Heidi Alexander, 2nd Runner-up Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year, joined the Forkland VFD in 2014, when she and her husband, Ben, moved back to her hometown. She decided to join the Forkland VFD after seeing her brother respond to fire and assistance calls. She currently serves as Assistant Secretary of the Forkland VFD. She is CPR certified and has received certificates for completing the Basic Wildland Fire Fighter and Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT). She hopes to continue her training to become an EMT.
James Allen Cleveland, 3rd Runner-up Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year, enjoys hunting, fishing and volunteering with the fire department. His jobs have always included engineering, home improvement, carpentry and working on the farm. He is always eager to learn more about fire prevention and safety so he can better help the community.
Bennie Abrams served as Master of Order; Minister Brenda Hardy gave invocation; Mrs. Janetta Hall brought greetings and the occasion; Rev. Barry Lusk blessed the food; Ms Felecia Smith gave a musical selection; Ms. Geraldine Walton led the memorial tribute; musical selections also rendered by Marvin Turner-Impluze & Band; entertainment provided by DJ Birdman.