Honoring volunteers

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Oct. 16, was a beautiful day in Perry Park. The Perry Park Resort Owners’ Association hosted an “Appreciation Day” for the New Liberty Fire Department, and they dedicated their “serenity garden,” which was recently constructed on the grounds of the Glenwood Hall Community Center.
The community wanted to show its appreciation to the fire department volunteers for all their hard work and sacrifice providing fire and EMS services. New Liberty Fire Department Fire Chief Greg Davis and his firemen brought their fire equipment down to Perry Park for the residents to see, and he invited PHI AirMedical Helicopter crew to fly in and give information about their services.
Jerry Hardcorn, a PPROA board member and chairperson of the event, presented Davis with a plaque of appreciation and a 9-11 tribute book for the department. He also presented the department with a “Fireman’s Bench” that will stay in the serenity garden in honor of the fire department.
SherrAnn Witt, chairperson of the serenity garden committee, gave a history of the garden project, and introduced Bob Beil, who led a prayer of dedication. The garden features benches, a “guardian angel,” and a pathway lined with memorial bricks purchased by residents and friends of Perry Park. It is designed to be a place of tranquility and peace.
A chili and hot dog lunch at the community center was prepared for all who attended. The chili cooks were Charleen Brochers, Greg Thomes, John Hill and Andrea Hardcorn. Shirley Caudill photographed the event, and Jim Baird cooked the hot dogs. It truly was a community effort and a fitting event to honor the fire department and the creation of the serenity garden.