Saying thank you
Members of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs and George Farrell, president of the association foundation and founder of the Rhode Island Honor Flight Hub, recently made presentations to the mayor and fire and police chiefs in appreciation for all they have done to assist the Honor Flight program. Since initiating the Rhode Island Honor Flight Hub 18 months ago, 160 World War II veterans have visited the WWII memorial in Washington. Warwick Police and Fire have assisted providing Station 8 as a place for those taking the flight to gather and then escorting them to Green Airport. Not only have police and firemen served as honor guards but also as guardians accompanying veterans on their visit to Washington. There are 118 Honor Flight Hubs in 44 states and since the program was started in 2005 more than 117,000 WWII vets have visited the memorial. From left: Richard Susi, executive director of the RI Association of Fire Chiefs; Col. Stephen McCartney; Chief Edmund Armstrong; Mayor Avedisian; Farrell; Major Raymond Gallucci; Assistant Fire Chief James McLaughlin.