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The Davidson County Public Safety Honor Guard

The Davidson County Public Safety Honor Guard

You may have seen us at funerals, parades or special events around Davidson County, but wondered who we are. In January 1994, an idea was brought forth to what was then known as the Davidson County Fireman’s Association (now known as the Davidson County Public Safety Association) to form an Honor Guard to pay tribute to emergency responders, both past and present, when they passed away. After accepting applications from members of the different fire departments throughout Davidson County, the committee that was appointed by the Association selected 18 members and one instructor. In June 1994, their training began. On November 9, 1994 at Central Davidson High School, the Honor Guard made their first public presentation. Since that humble beginning, the Honor Guard has had the honor to pay respects at 125 funerals, participate in 87 parades — including the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Parade in 1997 — assist in three weddings, and to participate in over 70 special events such as fire department ground breakings, building dedications, flag raisings and posting colors at various sporting events. One special event for the Honor Guard occurred in August of 1999, when several members of the Honor Guard took a trip to Washington, D.C. and were able to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Davidson County Public Safety Honor Guard continues today with 21 members “Honoring those who have faithfully served their community” in public safety. We are able to continue to serve through funds collected from Davidson County Public Safety agencies, personal donations and fundraisers. Please join the Honor Guard for our next fundraiser on October 3, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. at Welcome Fire Department where we will have an all you can eat spaghetti supper. The meal will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under (cash only). While there, you can view our power point presentation, see photos of the Honor Guard over the past 21 years and visit the Honor Guard trailer which holds all of the equipment that we use at different events. If you would like to find out more about the Davidson County Public Safety Honor Guard, please visit our Facebook page at Davidson County Public Safety Honor Guard or email us at DCPSHG@gmail.com.

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Devotional

Devotional for Davidson Focus for July

Donna Tobin Smith

I called myself a stay-at-home mom when my three sons were young. But the truth is, except for their “baby” stages, we rarely ever just stayed at home. Some of our favorite things to do were to make regular trips to the library for the weekly story hour and enjoy usual trips to the park or the pool. As the boys grew older, not only did we add new activities that the boys would enjoy, but I also took them to places where I thought they might have experiences that would help them grow into responsible young men. One of those places was a local nursing home. I had been asked if I would conduct a weekly craft activity with the residents. I quickly agreed. It sounded like fun to me and I felt that my boys needed lessons in serving others by volunteering to help the residents. The boys could pass out materials and assist the older folks with the activities like cutting and gluing, things that older, arthritic hands may have trouble doing. I can’t believe how much I learned through my experiences with the residents at the nursing home. In fact, there was one lesson that I hadn’t expected to learn. I learned that God will often take my purpose and change it to His purpose, especially in the lives of my sons. I had taken my boys with me so they could learn to serve. I wanted them to have compassion for older people. And although I do think they certainly developed compassion through their weekly visits to the nursing home, I believe that they learned far greater lessons than I could have ever imagined. For example, although my oldest and youngest sons were quick to assist the residents, my middle boy always seemed to be missing when the assignments were given out. One minute I would see him and the next he was gone. I found myself thinking that maybe I would have to sit this boy down and have a little chat with him about responsibility and compassion. Until, that is, I realized where he was spending his time. It seemed that my son had found a friend. Yes, my nine-year-old was mesmerized by am impeccably dressed elderly gentleman. With a coin or a string or whatever he could find, the old man was fascinating my boy with magic tricks. The more I watched, the more awestruck I was by what the Lord was doing. My purpose had been to expose my sons to the residents in the nursing home so my sons would develop responsibility. The Lord’s purpose was that my sons would be friends to people who may have otherwise been forgotten or discarded, to see worth in some of the finest and most productive lives that had ever been lived. Like in the life of my son’s new friend, Mr. H. Lee Waters. I had no idea who my son’s friend was at that time. It was weeks later that one of the nursing assistants told me his name. I still didn’t know the significance of his life, having never heard about his fascinating career as a photographer. And although I never saw him pick up a camera, with a coin or a rubber band, I saw his love for people, especially a nine- year-old boy who could sit by his chair for hours. The Bible says in Psalm 71:9 “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” Mr. Waters’ life on earth was nearly over when my son met him. But the memories of this man will stay with him forever. In a life that made a difference to thousands, Mr. Waters also made a difference to one. Even to the very end.

What a shining example of God’s love to us all.

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Halloween Safety

Dress-Up Smarts for a Safe and Fun Trick or Treat

 Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you’re making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and ask the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material.

 Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may obscure your child’s vision and hinder his breathing. If you do opt for a mask, cut oversized holes for his eyes and mouth, and encourage him to take the mask off each time he crosses the street.

 Avoid oversized costumes and shoes that can trip her up. Choose comfortable shoes and make sure clothes don’t

 Select light-colored costumes when possible. This makes it easier for drivers to spot trick-or-treaters. For costumes that have to be dark, accessorize with a white pillowcase your child can use to stash his loot and help him stand out in

 Attach reflective tape to her costume to make her easier to spot. A few strips on her back, front, and goodie bag should do the trick. If she’s planning on biking or skateboarding, stick some tape on that as well.

 Ensure his emergency information (name, number, and address) are somewhere on his clothes or on a bracelet if you’re not going to be with him.

 Choose accessories that are smooth and flexible. Look for swords, knives, and other accessories that don’t look too realistic or have sharp ends or points.

 Give her a flashlight, watch, and cell phone or coins to help her see where she’s going, know when to head home, or make a call if she’s in trouble. Make sure she knows her curfew and how to contact you.

 Make sure children under 12 are supervised by an adult or teen chaperone if you can’t take her around yourself. Teens should have a curfew.

 Round up a group. It’s best for kids of any age to travel in groups of three or more—there is safety in numbers. Plan a route with your child, making sure he knows to call you if he deviates from the plan. Keep his route to familiar streets and houses, working up the street then back down without criss-crossing. Set a time limit when he should come home

 Remind him of police and fire safety. Practice the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll,” just in case his clothes catch on fire. Encourage him to talk to a policeman or call you if anything makes him uncomfortable or upset.

 Review pedestrian rules. It’s easy to overestimate your child’s ability to remember to cross at corners, wait for walk signals, and stay on the sidewalks. Between the evening’s excitement and the novelty of being out at night, reviewing traffic-safety is a good idea. Remind her to walk — not run — between houses.

 Turn on the porch lights and replace burnt out bulbs.

 Decorate the walkway or steps with lanterns instead of candles. Battery-powered light sources such as light sticks are just as decorative and not as dangerous.