Lunch break

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Karen Poling (left), matron with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, dishes up a picnic meal for Dan Garde (right), a member of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, during a cook-out held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds for all public safety personnel in Huntington County. Butch Williams (center), deputy director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, gathers up carry-out meals to take to emergency dispatchers who were unable to leave their posts to attend. Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel organized the event and invited all public safety personnel in the county, both paid and volunteer, to attend. While those people often work together in stressful situations, Stoffel says, they rarely have a chance to sit together and socialize. He plans to make it an annual event.