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Opinion

July 16, 2014

County honors men who gave all in helping their community

The next time you’re driving in the Rivesville area, you might notice new signs on two of the area’s bridges.

Those signs, which bear the names of Alex Angelino and Denzil O. Lockard, were unveiled Saturday in honor of the men whose names they display, two men who died while serving their communities.

The bridge on U.S. 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Lockard, while the bridge on U.S. 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Angelino. Lockard, a former Rivesville police chief, died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Angelino, a Rivesville firefighter, died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.

As officials and members of the community gathered, family members of the men being honored noted the importance of the day’s events.

“It was beautiful. I was really shocked and surprised. So many people came and participated in it and remembered him,” said Rose Angelino, the widow of Alex Angelino, who added that she was honored by the level of participation by the Rivesville community.

Those sentiments were echoed by Deloris Thorn, a daughter of Lockard.

“It was very, very heartwarming and brought back a lot of memories. I just want to thank everyone for all they did. It was super,” she said.

As Delegate Mike Caputo, a Rivesville native, pointed out, ceremonies like Saturday’s bridge dedications are part of what makes living in a small town great.

“This is what small-town America is all about here,” Caputo said. “You have two fallen members of this community who died in the line of service, protecting the people that were their friends and their neighbors.

“People still think about what they sacrificed over the years.”

It takes a special person to be a public servant, and we should always be grateful to the men and women who answer that call. They keep us safe. They protect our communities. They come to our rescue. And they do so even though it might mean missing their child’s ballgame or skipping a holiday get-together. They sacrifice time with their family so we can be safe with ours.

And if, tragically, these heroes give their lives while serving their communities, their sacrifices become even more worthy of recognition.

That’s what Angelino and Lockard did, and the two men are certainly deserving of the latest honor bestowed upon them.

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