Clifford Firefighter honored for 50 years of service

Long-time Clifford volunteer firefighter Ed Stone shakes hands with John Ray, chairman of District 10 of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.

A Bartholomew County volunteer firefighter was honored this week for his 50 years of service to the community.

Ed Stone, of Clifford

Ed Stone, a member of the Clifford Volunteer Fire Department, received the award at the monthly meeting of the Indiana Volunteer Fire Department Association District 10 departments, held Wednesday night in Hope. He received a pin and gold lifetime membership card.

Stone said his interest in being a firefighter was sparked in January 1969, helping a neighbor whose home was burning. despite having no training as a firefighter.

He thanked the assembled firefighters for their recognition

He said it is all about helping your neighbors and the community.

He also received the state fire marshal’s meritorious service award, and District Chairman John Ray read the commendation: