To the seven fallen members of Maryland’s public safety community who will be recognized Friday during the 34th annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony in Timonium. These heroes who died in the line of duty were taken from us far too soon. Although we can never fully demonstrate our gratitude for their service, this ceremony will be a strong step toward the recognition they deserve. One of the individuals being honored will be Steward Godwin, a 56-year-old North East Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter, who died of a heart attack after four hours of searching through the wreckage of the Pan Am Flight 214 that crashed in a cornfield off Delancy Road on Dec. 8, 1963. NEVFC Chief Michael Miller will be receiving a proclamation on Godwin’s behalf. Miller shared that it will feel great to honor Godwin in this way, and that “It’s well overdue.” We are thankful that Godwin and the other fallen public safety community members will finally be recognized, and we are grateful for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety and security of our communities.
To Missy Reynolds, a Union Hospital volunteer who was awarded Monday for her dedication to supporting patients and families affected by cancer, and for raising over $100,000 for the hospital’s cancer program over the past seven years. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented Reynolds with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Cecil County, saying that he couldn’t imagine any individual in the state of Maryland more deserving of the recognition. Reynolds founded the Cruzin’ for a Cause car show fundraiser in 2012 after her father, Robert, passed away from leukemia and she wanted to lessen the financial burden attached to cancer treatment while families deal with one of the most difficult times in their lives. Reynolds herself is a five-time cancer survivor — a feat which she takes as a sign that her higher power has a mission for her here in Cecil County. This year’s Cruzin’ for a Cause will take place on May 25. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering with Cruzin’ for a Cause can contact Union Hospital or Reynolds directly. Reynolds shied from the spotlight Monday, crediting the fundraising as a team effort. While that may be true, we at the Whig want to join community members in recognizing Reynolds for her special contributions to the fight against this terrible disease. Her selfless endeavors serve as a reminder that we can all do more to support those around us.