VFW Post 805 honors first responders at annual dinner

TOP LEFT: Police Officer of the Year – Officer Clayton Hoff was presented with the Law Enforcement Award for his service. Pictured with Hoff (center) is VFW Post 805 Commander Ed Martinez and OFPD Lt. Rob Schmidtke. BOTTOM RIGHT: Fire Fighter of the Year – Ryan McWhorter was presented with the Fire Fighter Award. Chief Brent Saunders (right) praised McWhorter for his work developing a program and mobile app to computerize operations at the fire department. (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

VFW Post 805 recently held their annual First Responders Dinner, where they honor local police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics for their efforts throughout the previous year.

Post 805 Commander Ed Martinez said veterans feel a connection to first responders.

“Tonight we’re here to honor our first responders. As veterans, we know what its like to be on call 24-7 and be sent into harms way. We’ve all been through that and that’s why we’re proud to honor these folks tonight,” Martinez said.

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