Dublin Town Council Thursday night memorialized two area men who died in 2009 with a special ceremony during its monthly meeting.
Council approved separate resolutions honoring Joseph "Joey" Calfee and Julius Long for their accomplishments within the community. The resolutions were read aloud by Dublin Mayor Benny Skeens.
"As far as the resolution goes, we had talked about that in one of our previous council meetings," Skeens said. "We decided both of those gentlemen should be memorialized for their efforts for the community."
Joey Calfee was a long-time (25 years) firefighter for the Town of Dublin, Newbern, and Radford before he died in his sleep last Oct. 11. Over the years, he also served on Pulaski County Life Saving Crew, where he helped in the Town of Dublin and Pulaski County.
Skeens reflected on his experiences with Calfee after the memorialization.
"Joey was a wonderful person," Skeens said. "He knew everybody. He had his own routine with everyone and they would kid with him. It just made their day and they made his day. He was just a special person."
Julius Long was a military veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1973. Long was captured in 1968 and remained in a Jungle Camp in South Vietnam for three years, while battling malaria and dysentary.
In 1971, he was transported to a Hanoi holding prison, where he suffered various injuries to his foot on the travel there. On March 16, 1973, after two grueling years in Hanoi, Long and 590 prisoners of war were let go from the camp. He passed away last July at the age of 65.
"Julius paid a full sacrifice," Skeens said. "I don’t know how long he was in the prison camp, but I know it was several years. He served very hard. The reason we can do what we are doing today and the freedoms we have are because of people like Julius."