Three first responders named parade marshals

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The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has announced three prominent first responders as the grand marshals for the Nov. 26 downtown Washington C.H. Christmas Parade.

Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Washington Fire Department Chief Tom Youtz and Washington C.H. Police Chief Brian Hottinger were selected to do the honors, according to Chamber president Whitney Gentry.

“Several worthy nominations were received for the position of grand marshal,” said Gentry. “From those nominations the committee felt that the leaders of our local peace officers and first responders were the best choice for this year, given the ‘Peace on Earth’ parade theme.”

The nomination submitted by a local citizen read, “By honoring the leadership of our Sheriff, Police and Fire/Rescue Departments, we honor the men and women committed to serve and protect the citizens of Fayette County. Our peace officers, fire fighters, and EMTs keep watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognizing them in this year’s Christmas Parade would demonstrate our support and appreciation of the difficult task they undertake and the enormous responsibility they shoulder.”

Gentry added: “We hope that everyone will remember and be thankful that all peace officers and first responders put their lives on the line every day to help keep peace in Fayette County and on earth.”

All three honorees were very appreciative, said Gentry, however Youtz has another commitment and will not be able to attend the parade.

Entries are still being accepted for the parade and can be obtained at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce office, 206 E. Court St., or online at There is no cost to enter the parade and Costumes for All Occasions is offering free costume rental to anyone in the parade (refundable deposit required).

For more information on how to enter, call the Chamber office at 740-335-0761.

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