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Wythe County celebrates fire and rescue responders

RURAL RETREAT – Wythe County leaders spent Saturday afternoon honoring the county’s first responders.

Wythe County held this year’s annual fire and rescue appreciation event Rural Retreat Lake Park. The celebration featured a catered meal, hundreds of dollars in door prizes and free helicopter rides, courtesy of Wings Air Rescue.

According to Wythe County spokesperson Jeremy Farley, the event was a great success and thanked local businesses for sponsoring the festivities.

“It wasn’t difficult finding sponsorship for this event,” Farley said. “Everyone we spoke to was eager to show their appreciation for the county’s first responders. They do a great service for our community and today provided us an opportunity to showcase our gratitude.”

Farley also recognized Southwest Virginia Environmental Services, Wings Air Rescue and First Call Environmental Services – all of which served as platinum sponsors.

Other activities for the day included a corn hole tournament for first responders, as well as a free swim day for all local residents at the county’s swimming pool at the Rural Retreat Lake.

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