MOUNT VERNON — On Thursday, the county commissioners and emergency management representatives honored Art Baker and Patrick Valentino for their commitment to the county and Knox County Emergency Management Agency.
Both men received a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their volunteerism. The commissioners also read a proclamation honoring their service.
Mark Maxwell, EMA director, said that when calculating the in-kind services that Valentino and Baker provided in 2016, it equates to more than $14,000. “That's just a huge contribution to the agency, not only in time but in results,” he said.
“Mark was talking about the value we have of our volunteers for EMA in our community, and he said the two of you were outstanding,” Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, EMA board member, told Valentino and Baker.
Art Baker and Patrick Valentino received the Distinguished Service Award for their hours of volunteerism to the Knox County Emergency Management Agency. Pictured are, from left, Knox County Commissioners Thom Collier and Teresa Bemiller; Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, EMA board member; Mark Maxwell, EMA director; Baker and Valentino; and Fredericktown Mayor Jerry Day, EMA board member. KP photo by Cheryl Splain