Moore firefighters awarded citizenship award

Moore County FCE member Diana Milner presents Moore County Volunteer Fire Department members (from left to right) Chief Mark Neal, Asst. Chief Don Primus, and Nancy Primus the 2020 Heart of Gold Award at last Thursday’s Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce meeting. (Lynchburg Times Photo)

LOCAL NEWS — Each year, members of Moore County FCE present the Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizenship Award to an individual or group whose service to the Lynchburg community goes above and beyond.

Past winners have included Moore County Public Library Director Peggy Gold, for who the award is named, as well as Dudley Tipps, Joe Millsaps, Claude Eady, Betty Robertson, Nancy and Don Primus, Larry Moorehead, , Bryant Morton, and Phyllis Smith.

Last Thursday, at the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce meeting, FCE members presented the 2020 Heart of Gold Award to the Metro Moore Volunteer Fire Department (MMVFD).

During the presentation, FCE members highlighted the many volunteer activities that members of Moore County’s Volunteer Fire Department participate in addition to volunteering their time to train and serve the community as firefighters. The group work to install new smoke detectors and fire proof Moore County homes at no cost to citizens. They also coach youth sports teams, volunteer with Lynchburg Boy Scouts, assist with Second Harvest food drives, and sponsor 4-H campers at Camp Woodley.

It’s also a little known fact that MMVFD members often visit the Lynchburg Nursing Center and sing to residents and host a water station each year during the Oak Barrel Half Marathon. The also developed a Moore County tradition – the Firefighter’s Roast Corn booth at all major Lynchburg events.

“Many of these individuals volunteer countless hours despite the fact that they work full time jobs,” said FCE member Diana Milner during the presentation.

The MMVFD’s name will be added to the perpetual plaque that hangs in the Moore County Courthouse. FCE also made a $100 donation to the Lynchburg Boy Scouts on the MMVFD’s behalf. •

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