Craig Peevyhouse, chaplain and supervisor at Henry County Medical Center, spoke about the importance of everyday heroes in our county Wednesday at the annual Patriot Day assembly at Henry County High School.
He said heroes were not athletes or celebrities, but were everyday people, particularly emergency responders, doing their jobs with courage.
“I pray we will never have another 9/11 event,” he said in his speech to the students at HCHS. “But my fear is that we might, one day. And if we do, I pray I see your faces, being heroes.”
Peevyhouse spoke further about the heroes who acted during the terrorist attacks, from first responders to those that acted on Flight 93, crashing a plane in a field in Pennsylvania.
“In giving their lives as heroes, they may have saved thousands,” he said.
Peevyhouse became a first responder in Gibson County more than 30 years ago and has served in many medical field positions in Gibson, Weakley and Henry counties, including emergency room director at HCMC.
The annual event, organized by HCHS criminal justice teacher Diane McCord, invites first responders from the county to be honored in an assembly and reception.
Members from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, multiple local fire departments and Emergency Medical Services were present this year.
The program began with the presentation of the colors, the national anthem led by the HCHS Madrigals and the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of the Criminal Justice Club.
HCHS senior Nelson Denman read from a poem, We Shall Never Forget, written in 2010 by Alan W. Jankowski.
After Peevyhouse’s speech, the program closed with a performance of “I Won’t Back Down,” from Vince Dodd accompanied by the Madrigals.