Heroes honored at St. Clair Head Start

Local officials honored recently by St. Clair County Head Start included, from the left, Steve Cavender, Andrew Minyard and Justin Shake from the Pell City Fire Department; Bryan Schaefers with the St. Clair County EMA; and Capt. Dale Isbell with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.


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St. Clair County Head Start administrators, faculty and students took time Friday to honor heroes throughout the county.

LaToya Orr, executive director for Head Start, said she was pleased to have guests from various St. Clair County law-enforcement agencies and fire departments, along with the local Emergency Management Agency.

“Today, we had representatives from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Pell City Fire Department and the St. Clair County EMA join us,” Orr said. “We are so proud to have these men join us today, because they are the ones who keep our children safe.

“It is a lesson for our children to understand these men and women help keep us safe, and they are also our friends.”

Orr said she invited every municipality in the county to come and participate.

“We understand everyone can’t come to everything,” she said. “We are so thankful for those who took the time to come and spend some time with our children. We truly appreciate everything they do.”

Students gathered in the lunchroom at Head Start and said the Pledge of Allegiance, and then sang “My Country Tis of Thee.”

They then sang a couple of songs they had learned about policemen and firemen. Also during the assembly, Orr recognized longtime employee Frank Ezekiel, the only male employee at Head Start.

“Frank has worked very hard through the years keeping our school safe,” Orr said. “Not only does he keep it safe while we are here, but he also keeps it safe when we are at home asleep in our beds.

“If the alarms go off at 3 a.m., he gets the call. Anytime something breaks down, he is always there to fix it. We wanted to honor him today just to let him know how much we appreciate him.”

Once the assembly was over, students had the chance to go outside and see the Pell City fire truck.

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