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Posted on: December 4, 2017


When selecting a Grand Marshal for the parade we reflect back on the year and try to determine a person that stands out as being extraordinary and worthy of special recognition for community service or other humanitarian efforts.   This year we have not chosen an individual but a group of people that stood out as exemplary in their professional fields in response to the devastating F3 tornado which hit our town on March 6, 2017. 

Mayor-Jeremy Martin 

First Responders Chief of Police-Bryon Price and Sni Valley Fire Chief-Carl Scarborough

Emergency Management-Mark Sherwood

Tornado Recovery Team-Teresa Stewart

Special recognition for the House Representative-Jeanie Lauer and House Representative-Donna Pfautsch

We would also like to recognize KCTV 5’s reporter-Ellen McNamara.

KCTV 5 held a telethon to raise money for the citizens affected by the tornado and she even presented several families with gifts from the Surprise Squad.  She received a Proclamation from Mayor Martin at the September Fest for their efforts relating to the tornado.

A special thank you to Public Works Department for going above and beyond their scope of duty to help citizens in the cleanup of the storm debris in the months that followed. The Parks Department assisted in the clean up and re-planting grass and trees for homeowners as well as the parks that were affected by the storm.

There were 483 houses that were affected March 6, by the tornado and each are represented on the float tonight by a cutout of a home.  The home is decorated with a helping hand and a healing heart to signify restoration and recovery both physically and emotionally for those families.

When an event like this hits your town, it becomes apparent that there are so many generous neighbors, churches, schools, business, surrounding communities, and agencies from the out pouring of various resources it was awe-inspiring and very much appreciated. 

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