Special to the Register
County GOP Chairman Chuck Bartush has announced that the organization’s Freedom Award for 2013 is being presented to the volunteer fire departments of Cooke County in recognition of their selfless service.
The first presentation was made to the Muenster Volunteer Fire Department at their fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the new Heritage Park in Muenster. Chief Herbie Knabe accepted the award.
As Bartush thanked the firefighters, he said, “Our volunteer fire departments represent the traditions and spirit of freedom that make our Country great. The United States is exceptional and stands as a beacon of freedom when our ordinary citizens daily perform extraordinary deeds to benefit their neighbors. These firefighters give their time without pay. They risk their lives, day and night, seven days a week, to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens.
“Many times in this day and age,” he continued, “people take their freedom for granted or just use freedom as an opportunity to take for themselves. But our Cooke County volunteer firefighters use their freedom to not take, but to help others. They represent everything that is great and good in our country.”
Chief Knabe expressed the department’s appreciation for the recognition. He then told the hundreds of people present that they could best express their freedom by voting in elections.
Over the next several weeks, all county volunteer fire departments will receive the award.
The Cooke County Republican Party intends to annually recognize those special people or entities that use our cherished freedom for the benefit of all.