James R. Boyd, a 94-year-old veteran, who served in the U.S. military during three wars, was given the honor of raising the American and Tennessee flags for the first time at Martin Fire Station #3, located in the University Plaza Shopping Center.
Members of the Martin Fire Department will now be able to respond to fires and other emergencies faster on the west side of town, thanks to the opening of a new fire station on June 9.
Martin city officials, including the mayor and board of aldermen, firefighters, members of the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce, business owners and other local citizens, attended the official grand opening of Martin Fire Station #3, in the University Plaza Shopping Center, located off Hwy 431.
Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers explained, when a new fire station opens, instead of having a ribbon cutting, as is customary with other types of grand openings, a “fire uncoupling ceremony” is held to signify fire service is available at the facility.
The honor of raising the American and Tennessee flags at the new fire station for the first time went to Mr. James R. Boyd, a 94-year-old veteran, who served in the U.S. military during three wars. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII; and four years later, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict.
(See complete story in the June 19th issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)