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Over 200 Washington County first responders and family members honored at Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

For the first time ever, hundreds of Washington County first responders and family members gathered at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn for a dinner recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and sacrifices benefitting the citizens of the county and the surrounding areas. Non-profit Central Assembly of God Church hosted the event.

“With first responders receiving so much attention on both a local and national level in 2016, it made sense to expand our appreciation from just our local first responders to the first responders and their families throughout all of Washington County,” said Central Assembly of God Pastor of Missions, Vicki Barton. “Our first responders are incredibly effective in their efforts, and we thank not only those on the front lines of emergency situations, but also the families who support them.”

The event was sponsored in part by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. “At Columbia Gas, we are dedicated to the safety of our customers, employees and communities, and we rely on first responders to help keep our customers safe,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Vice President and General Manager Mike Davidson. “This event is a great opportunity to thank our local first responders for their selflessness, and to applaud their continued efforts on behalf of Columbia Gas.”

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania offers a complimentary safety training to all first responder organizations within the natural gas utility’s service territory. In addition to the safety training, Columbia Gas offers $500 to each non-profit, first responder organization that attends the training. The two-day training for the Washington County area is scheduled for Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17. For more information, please contact Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Contributions Coordinator Roberta Kress LaPlace at (724) 416-6354 or

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