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First reponders named to Willsboro Wall of Distinction

Ron Jackson of the Essex Emergency Squad speaks as part of the Willsboro Wall of Distinction ceremony. Also on stage were Willsboro CSD Superintendent Stephen Broadwell, Kyle Wrisley, Becky Crowningshield and John Cross.

Ron Jackson of the Essex Emergency Squad speaks as part of the Willsboro Wall of Distinction ceremony. Also on stage were Willsboro CSD Superintendent Stephen Broadwell, Kyle Wrisley, Becky Crowningshield and John Cross. Jill Lobdell

— The Willsboro Central School Wall of Distinction has a lot more members.

During graduation services held June 22 at the school, Superintendent Stephen Broadwell announced the annual enshrinement into the school’s wall.

“This year the committee has overwhelmingly chosen hundreds, yes hundreds, of people to recognize,” Broadwell said. “The greatest thing about this is that you know them all. They are your fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and neighbors. I proudly announce this year’s recipient of the Wall of Distinction Honor to be the first responders of Essex, Reber, Whallonsburg and Willsboro.”

Broadwell also read the inscription for the plaque that will hang on the hallway by the main entrance to the school:

“As members of our community they are there 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to ensure the citizens of the communities can feel safe and secure should the need arise for emergency services in their homes and on the road. Those that volunteer drop what they are doing, wake from sleep, leave the security of family and home to serve and care for us, their neighbors.”

The awards were received by local department members Ron Jackson, Becky Crowningshield, John Cross and Kyle Wrisley.

“They thought a little bit outside of the box,” Jackson said. “It shows how much this community cares for their friends and neighbors. It is a special thought and I would like to thank them for this honor.”

According to Broadwell, the Wall of Distinction was created to honor and recognize deserving alumni of Willsboro for their achievements, prominence, and distinction to the community and society.

“Since it was initiated back in 2007, the committee has selected some of this school’s finest attendees to adorn it,” he said. “Each year the committee has picked one, or even two to have their name, picture and small biography etched onto a plaque for our students to view the various successes that originated where they also study.”

Other members of the Wall of Distinction include New York State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, Janice Allen, Ralph Marcotte, Wall of Distinction Winners, Doris Blanchard, Keith Coonrod, James Mason, Harris Young, Tom Spierto, Evelyn Foley and Kenneth Coonrod.

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