State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, was joined last week by two local first responders for the Sept. 11 Memorial Service conducted annually by the Michigan House of Representatives.
Joining Howell for the ceremony, which memorializes first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year, were Metamora Township Fire Chief Dave Eady and Firefighter/EMT/Administrative Assistant Maggie Eady.
“It was an honor to have these two selfless public servants as my guests for this somber occasion,” Howell said. “We were honoring the 14 people from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and their nation. By inviting first-responder and military guests to join, we show appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day to protect their communities.”
Dave Eady has been Metamora fire chief for 15 years and has served as a firefighter for 35 years. He has served as a law-enforcement official for 22 years.
Maggie Eady, known as the “Fire Mom” to her fellow firefighters, has been with the department for 24 years. She was the first female firefighter in Metamora Township and one of the first females in a fire department in Lapeer County.
“I am awed by the amount of time and dedication my two guests have given to their community, and it was an honor to have them join me for this ceremony,” Howell said.