Craig Peevyhouse

Craig Peevyhouse, Henry County Medical Center chaplain and longtime first responder, speaks Wednesday at the annual Patriot Day program at Henry County High School. First responders were invited to attend the event and the following reception to be honored for their work as everyday heroes.

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.

Vince Dodd

Vince Dodd (with guitar), accompanied by the Henry County High School Madrigals, performs “I Won’t Back Down,” made famous by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, during a Patriot Day program Wednesday morning at HCHS. The Madrigals also performed the national anthem at the event. The ceremony also feature a poem read by Nelson Denman.

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.

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