Color guard equipment donated


GREENVILLE – Greenville Township Emergency Services recently received a special donation from the Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7262, Ohio Charities Fund – a complete set of color guard presentation flags.

The local VFW representatives became aware that the fire and rescue departments had been working to secure the equipment needed for memorial services and funerals. Darke County departments are working toward a goal of being “self-reliant” in the event the need arises, with the loss of a “Brother or Sister” of any fire or rescue department.

Currently, Arcanum Fire Department has a set of custom-made “loading ramps,” for assisting in casket placement onto a fire engine. Gettysburg Fire and Rescue has a set of silver presentation fire axes, which were donated to them in memory of fallen firefighter Leroy Murphy Jr. In February this year, Greenville Township Rescue and Fire departments were presented with a ceremonial bell in memory of firefighter/EMT Jeff Keaser.

The current donation from the Greenville VFW includes three gold-fringed flags: U.S. Fire Department and one for the Emergency Medical Service. They also donated three gold flag poles, braided tassels, flag pole tops (golden eagles), floor stands as well as three white leather flag bearer harnesses.

Any of the memorial/ceremonial items are available for use to any Darke County department should the need arise.

Greenville Township also wishes to thank Greenville Ace Hardware for donating sand to be used in the flag pole bases.