Police, Fire and National Guard Forming Local Honor Guard Team
February 2, 2017

The Chillicothe Fire Department has partnered with the Chillicothe Police Department and the local Army National Guard Unit to develop an Honor Guard Team. The Honor Guard Team will be available to present the national and local colors at events throughout the community at the request of the event organizers. "This will be a great asset to the Chillicothe area in the event of special ceremonies, funerals, and sporting events," said Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright. Hedrick Medical Center is the sole sponsor of the team and contributed funds to purchase the uniforms and flags needed for the development of the Honor Guard Team. "On behalf of the Chillicothe Fire Department, we would like to thank Hedrick Medical Center for their financial support in helping to launch this new community service."

Steve Schieber, hospital CEO, said that the hospital is honored to be partnering with the city on this effort. "We are really proud to be able to show patriotism as well as honor the National Guard, firemen, and police who are joining us in this endeavor," he said. "We appreciate all the support they provide us."

There are about five members from each the fire, police and National Guard who will be serving on the Honor Guard Team, with the goal that at least two will be available at all times, when needed. Persons interested in scheduling the Honor Guard Team for an event should contact the Chillicothe Fire Department at 660-646-2139.

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CAPTION: A few members of the newly-established Honor Guard Team attended the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night, January 30, 2017, at City Hall. The team is comprised of about five members each from the Chillicothe Fire Department, the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri National Guard in Chillicothe. Steve Schieber, far right, represented HMC during Monday's meeting. Uniforms for fire department personnel have arrived, and the team is still waiting for uniforms to arrive for the police department.

Several members of the Chillicothe Police, Chillicothe Fire, and members of the National Guard make up the local Honor Guard. They presented flags at the "LifeFlight Eagle welcome to Chillicothe" event held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Honor Guard
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City officials, Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Fire departments, officials from LifeFlight Eagle and Hedrick Medical Center at St. Luke's were all on hand for the official groundbreaking of the new LifeFlight hangar to be built at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. The Chillicothe Fire Department/Chillicothe Police Department Honor Guard gave a flag presentation that was followed by invocation delivered by Fire Department Chaplin, Bill Gutshall. Mayor Chuck Haney gave an opening statement focused on the benefits of moving to Chillicothe. The Hangar project will cost around $1.1 million dollars and will include a living quarters for staff and a maintenance bay and helipad. The project is expected to be completed and operational by the summer of 2017.

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