---- — Local firefighter attends Honor Guard Academy
CONCORD — Derry firefighter Anthony S. Rossignol attended the National Honor Guard Academy Oct. 21-26 at the Concord campus of the New Hampshire Fire Academy.
He was joined by representatives of eight states and a federal agency who participated in the intensive training program. The National Honor Guard program is dedicated to developing and elevating the ceremonial knowledge and skill level of honor guard units while reinforcing a sense of pride and compassion by upholding honor guard traditions with precise attention to detail.
The Honor Guard Academy specializes in providing honor guard training to firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel.
Those who attended the training program practiced basic drill and ceremonies, church and casket protocol, flag etiquette and role of the honor guard commander. The program also included a complete mock funeral that featured planning and conducting events at a funeral home, church and cemetery.
Program attendees came from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio and Vermont. Members of the Department of Defense Logistics Command also participated in the training.
The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services through research and the application of the best methodologies, techniques, education and practice of fire and emergency medical services.
Local man receives Life Matters Award
Dan Barter of Raymond, founder and president of Summit Records Management, a division of Northeast Reclaiming Services in Derry, was presented American Training’s highest honor, the Life Matters Award, at the15th Annual Partnership Awards Masquerade Gala Oct. 19.
This annual event acknowledges both companies and individuals who put “work first” for people with disabilities and those looking to live more meaningful lives.
The Life Matters Award acknowledges Partners of American Training that have a deep and passionate commitment to people with disabilities.
“Dan’s passion for adventure and love for life makes him a natural choice for our first Life Matters Award. He has taken life beyond the limits, not only physically with his dramatic and heroic conquering of the Seven Summits, but with his commitment in giving back to our community by making work available to those with disabilities from Boston to the New Hampshire border,” said Thomas M. Connors, president and CEO of American Training. “This work goes well beyond a simple gesture. Our people with disabilities are an integral and effective compliment to Dan’s nationwide business operation.”
Founded in 1979, American Training is fully committed to its mission statement – Bringing Out the Best In Everyone We Touch ... Because Life Matters.