The Fontaine Ruritan Club recently recognized local first responders with their Officer of the Year Awards.
Those recognized (in no particular order) were Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Ashley, Steven Ball of the Virginia State Police, James Hopkins of Martinsville Fire and EMS, Matthew Coleman of the Ridgeway District Volunteer Fire Department, Sarah Still of Henry County Public Safety, Martinsville City Police Sgt. R.D. Jones, Emily Ison of the Ridgeway Rescue Squad, the Martinsville City Sheriff’s Department. The club also presented special retirement awards to City of Martinsville Sheriff Steven Draper and Fire Chief and Fire Marshal Ted Anderson of the Martinsville Fire and EMS.
Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Ashely, (left), also serves as an EMT/Driver and is vice president of the Bassett Rescue Squad. Virginia State Police Officer Steven Ball works with the Bassett Rescue Squad as an EMT- Intermediate/Driver.