Salute To Service

Saluting Active Service Members, Thank you!

Salute To Service: Greenville Firefighter Mike Waugh

Today’s Salute to Service is Greenville Firefighter Mike Waugh. Waugh joined the GFPD in 1992. He’s been a part of the dive rescue team since 1994. Waugh has also served as...

Salute To Service: Greenville Volunteer Firefighter Travis Neer

Today’s Salute to Service is Greenville Volunteer Firefighter Travis Neer. Neer started with the Pocahontas Fire Protection District in 2001 and then switched to the Greenville Fire Protection District in 2004. Neer moved...

Salute to Service Ken Brown Bond County Sheriff’s Department Courthouse Security

Today’s Salute to Service Bond County Sheriff’s Department Ken Brown, Courthouse Security. Brown is a 1981 graduate from Mulberry Grove High school. Brown served as a Naval Seabee for 12 years before...

Salute to Service is Patrick Blankenship Courthouse Security Bond County Sherriff’s Department

Today’s Salute to Service is Patrick Blankenship Courthouse Security Bond County Sherriff’s Department.  Blankenship started his career in law enforcement in 1981 with the department of corrections.  Since 2010 Blankenship has worked as Bond...

Salute to Service GFPD Fire Fighter Samantha Bailey

Toady’s Salute to Service is Greenville Fire Protection District volunteer fire fighter Samantha Bailey. Bailey joined the GFPD about five years ago. Bailey wanted to be a firefighter from childhood and enjoys...

Salute to Service: Specialist Gage Langel, Illinois National Guard

Today’s Salute to Service is to Specialist Gage Langel, Illinois National Guard. Langel went to Basic Training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC, in June 2019 between his junior and senior high school...

Salute to Service Greenville Fire Protection District Jim Sutton

Today’s Salute to Service, Greenville Fire Protection District Jim Sutton.  Sutton is Assistant Chief of Operations and Vice President of the Bond County Firefighter Association.  Sutton has spent many weekends training and is Grain...

Salute to Service Brad Kessinger Greenville Fire Protection District

Today’s Salute to Service is volunteer firefighter Brad Kessinger Greenville Fire Protection District.  Kessinger has 23 years of experience with the GFPD, and is now Assistant Chief of Administration and public relations. Kessinger is a...

Salute to Service Air Force Academy Cadet Ethan Augustin

United States Air Force Academy officer cadet Ethan Augustin graduated from Highland High School in 2020.  After receiving nominations from U.S. Representative John Shimkus and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, he reported to the Colorado Springs, CO,...

Salute to Service SFPD Hunter & Alexis Neer

Today’s Salute to Service is to Hunter and Alexis Neer with the Smithboro Fire Protection district.  Hunter Neer currently serves as a firefighter since June of 2020 prior to this he joined as a...