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American Legion Post #313 honors veterans, LEOs and First Responders


There was plenty of homemade chili and gumbo for everyone in attendance at the American Legion Post’s Veterans Day event. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

MOUNT IDA – Montgomery County American Legion Post #313 presented their inaugural First Responder of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer awards Saturday at their annual Veterans Day celebration and Marine Corps Birthday Bash.
The event was held Saturday, November 6, at the Roosevelt Auditorium in Mount Ida. The evening opened with a chili and gumbo supper. After the meal the program opened with prayer by Post Chaplain Jack Shipman, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem led by Post Sergeant at Arms Weldon McDougle.
McDougle read an explanation for the POW/MIA Chair and the Missing Man Table.
Post Commander Dixie Fecho presented the first ever Law Enforcement Officer Award to Andrew Thompson. Thompson is a member of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and currently serves as the school resource officer at the Oden School Campus.
McDougle presented the First Responder Fire Award to Bill Barnes. Barnes has been a longtime member of the Joplin Fire Department.
Both awards were determined by community input through nomination forms printed in the Montgomery County News durng the month of October.

American Legion Post #313 Commander Dixie Fecho watches as fellow Marine Richard Campbell cuts the Marine Corps Birthday cake during the Post’s Veterans Day Event held Saturday. The Post recognized area veterans and dignataries, as well as awarding Law Enforcement Officer and First Responder of the Year awards to Andrew Thompson and Bill Barnes respectively. Stormy Cooper was also presented with a volunteer award. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Fecho also presented a Volunteer Appreciation Award to Stormy Cooper for all the help she and and Bob’s Food City continue to give to the Post.
Fecho, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps., was joined by fellow Marine Richard Campbell in cutting the Marine Corps Birthday Cake. This year marks the 246th birthday for the Corps.
Veterans Day will be celebrated Thursday, November 11. Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all servicemen and women who served in the Armed Forces and were honorably discharged from service.

Post Commander presents MCSO Deputy Andrew Thompson with the Law Enforcement Officer Award from American Legion Post #313. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway
Post Commander presents a Volunteer Award from American Legion Post #313 to Stormy Cooper in appreciation for all she and Bob’s Food City do for the Post. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

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