Hometown hero to be honored


GREENVILLE — “Hometown Hero Sunday” will be held on March 5 when Chris Norris will be honored for all he has done and continues to do in our community.

The East Main Church of Christ, located at 419 East Main Street in Greenville, will be recognizing Norris as the 2017 recipient of the 16th annual Hometown Hero award during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Last year Norris retired from his position as the Chief Administrative Officer with the Greenville Township Fire Department after 31 years in emergency services. After starting off in 1980 as an EMT with the Greenville Area Emergency Rescue Service (now Greenville Township Rescue), he then served with the Tri-Village Rescue, the City of Greenville Fire Department Auxiliary, the Darke County Emergency Management Agency and the Darke County EMS Board. He was also a founding member of the formation of the Greenville Township Fire Department.

Besides working with the Littman-Thomas Agency since 1991, he’s volunteered his time to help with the “Battle of the Badges” Community Blood Center Drive, Darke County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and fire station tours and fire prevention education for children. Known by family and friends as a “hero taking care of heroes,” he also sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas in addition to assisting with funeral and memorial service arrangements for fellow emergency services workers.

The special program will also include an inspiring video and a message by Minister Jim Morehouse entitled “The Heart of a Hero.” Allen Keaser, who nominated Norris for his selfless service to the community, will be taking part in the service. After the service, the church will be having a Fellowship Meal that everyone is invited to attend. For more information, the church may be contacted at 937-547-1557.


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