MOUNT VERNON — “Your character is built on integrity ... it’s built on honesty with yourself and those around you. Having integrity takes having values. Having integrity means that you do the right thing ... it is the foundation of character. And your character is defined by how you act and what you’re doing when no one is looking.” These were the words quoted by Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace from the book “Pride and Ownership” by Rick Laskey on Wednesday morning when four individuals were honored during a swearing-in ceremony at the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
Making their commitment to serve the city of Mount Vernon and surrounding area were Daniel Rice, Christopher Redd and Chatfield Redick as firefighter/paramedics and Leo Swank as EMS coordinator.
Opening Wednesday morning’s ceremony was Menapace, who thanked everyone for attending the ceremony, saying it was “A great day for these men and their families. This is very important to us. There is a lot of integrity sitting up here. Everybody that works here has good character and a good moral structure.”
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