By Sam Poe
Monday, February 17, 2014 | 4:02 PM
The Annual 9-1-1 First Responders Summit will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the Haleyville Joint Armed Forces Reserve Training Center. The following items are on the agenda for the evening portion of the event, which will begin at 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend, especially members of the first responders community and veterans.
-The Howlin' Mad Smith’s Marine Corps Leagues Detachment’s reenactment of the famous flag raising at Mt. Sirabachi on February 23, 1945.
-Feature: the Blue Star Memorial Foundation display honoring “America’s Fallen Heroes”
-Displays of collectible military weapons from the collection of Retired Master Sergeant J.O. Duke
-Special recognition for local first responder professionals and volunteers
-Mr. David Browning, a.k.a. Barney Fyffe, will be helping to maintain order and bring humor.
-Mr. Roy Drinkard, USMC WWII Veteran and local businessman from Cullman will be a special guest.
-The keynote speaker for the evening will be Dr. John Schmidt. More information on him is listed below.
John W. Schmidt is presently Senior Vice Chancellor at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel. Dr. Schmidt is active in the state and community, and he is a chair of the Alabama Historical Commission and is past chairman of the USS Alabama Battleship Commission. He is also the past chair of the Pike County Economic Development Board and remains an active member. Other leadership roles include past president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Troy Rotary Club.
In the U.S. Marine Corps, he commanded at all levels from Vietnam, Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia and Haiti. He is a graduate of the Air War College and is an honor graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. A lifelong learner, he earned the doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in fall 2004. He and his wife of forty-two years have three adult sons and three granddaughters.