Leon's Volunteer Firefighters Recognize Supporters

Oct 9, 2017

Leon County's yearly Fire Truck Roundup took place Saturday (10/7) near the Thomasville Road I-10 exit off Metropolitan Boulevard. This year's event was also a recognition of the 6 volunteer fire companies' most ardent supporters.

Receiving awards from the volunteer firefighters (l. to r.) Volunteer Leon Director Jerri Bush, Leon County EMS Director Chad Abrams, and Bobby Bacon from the Earl Bacon Agency.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Leon County Commission Vice Chair Nick Maddox got the party started.

"Today we recognize the 20th anniversary of the Leon County Volunteer Firetruck Roundup and the community heroes who make sacrifices to protect our citizens during these kinds of emergencies," he told the crowd during his remarks.

Since the beginning, local businessman Bobby Bacon has sponsored the Firefighter of the Year Award. This year he had a present for all the companies.

"We decided to make a donation from the Earl Bacon Agency to each one of the volunteer fire departments this year," he announced.

Then the firefighters returned the favor. Woodville Fire Chief Richard Meuth had awards for Bacon, Leon EMS Chief Chad Abrams and the county's volunteer coordinator.

"When you say 'volunteerism and volunteering' in Leon County, you say 'Jerri Bush,'" he said to enthusiastic applause.

Kids young and old also had a chance to check out the fire trucks and other first responder gear.