A riderless horse leads the family and friends escort of fallen Army Sergeant Amanda West on Friday in Huron Township. A riderless horse symbolizes a fallen soldier. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)
The Huron Township community came together today to honor a local hero.
Below is video and photos showing the family and friends escort to the memorial service of Master Sgt. Amanda West, a Huron Township resident who passed away March 17 after battling cancer and serving almost 20 years in the Army.
The escort route on Friday started at Michigan Memorial Park and winded along Huron River Drive past Huron High School and Renton Junior High.
Students from both schools stood along the route, some holding American flags, to honor the fallen Army sergeant.
The escort then passed by Brown Elementary, where school students stood outside to witness the procession.
The escort traveled through other Downriver communities before it ended at a memorial service in Riverview.
Place: Wayne County Fairgrounds, 10871 Quirk, Van Buren Township, MI 48111
Venue: Family friendly event, most tickets $10 (discounts for kids and seniors)
Food: Chili, hot dogs, mac and cheese and dessert
The club expects to be joined by local leaders, State Senator Erika Geiss, (a fierce competitor) and several state representatives, including Darrin Camilleri (former two-time chili cook-off champion) and Kristy Pagan (known for her delicious veggie chili). We are proud to provide a platform for the community to connect with their neighbors and representatives.
WARNING: Keep an eye out as the other elected officials try and rip the medal off Rep. Camilleri’s neck. They are tired of him wearing his medallion on the house floor and mentioning his “award winning chili” at committee meetings. Our Corresponding Secretary, Debbie Chamberlain, will be trying to retrieve the title back from Trustee Barry Robinson who took the trophy for overall chili cook-off winner last year.
Please join us for a fun and kid friendly evening! You can contact any Executive Board Member, David Haener or Terree O’Neil Darling on Facebook or email@example.com for tickets or join us at the door!
In this April 11, 2019 photo, you can see the progress of the Waltz Road Bridge project. The New Boston/Huron community is anxious for this main route to open again. The bridge was closed June 1, 2017. (Photos courtesy of Heather Sypula)
Posted April 12, 2019 — 10:45 a.m. EST
Here are photos submitted to the Huron Hub that show the progress of the Waltz Road Bridge project in New Boston.
The Huron Township Fire Department was busy this week.
The department responded to three fires in a 16-hour period between April 9 and 10.
During their response to all three fires, the department used for the first time two recently purchased fire trucks — an engine and a ladder truck.
“I thought it was important to give our residents a snap shot of what the day of a firefighter in Huron Township can turn into. Our firefighters worked tirelessly to keep our residents safe and for that, I am thankful,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.
The first call reporting a fire came in on April 9 at 4:19 p.m.
Firefighters responded to 28000 block of Sibley Road for a grass fire.
The caller reported visible smoke and flames and the fire was found to be spreading along a creek bed in the area.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and cleared the scene at 8:23 p.m.
While crews were still working at the scene of the grass fire, firefighters responded to the 30400 block of Prescott Road for a structure fire at 5:23 p.m.
A barn was on fire with heavy flames visible, and several explosions were reported by fire personnel on scene.
Due to the intense nature of the structure fire, mutual aid was requested with Ash Township Fire Department.
Firefighters battled the fire for several hours and cleared the scene at 9:51 p.m.
A preliminary investigation by authorities indicates the fire was caused due to an open burn that ultimately ignited the structure.
Two Huron Township firefighters sustained minor injuries during the fire and were transported to Henry Ford Heather Center–Brownstown for treatment.
The next morning at 8 a.m., firefighters were called to the ReCommunity Huron Recycling Center located at 36543 South Huron Road for a fully engulfed fire in the garbage compactor.
Police and fire responded to the scene and evacuated the building.
Firefighters were at the scene until 12:18 p.m.
A Huron Township police officer was transported to Henry Ford–Brownstown with minor injuries.
“It is important that residents know the open burn ordinance in Huron Township. It appears that two of these fires were potentially started with an illegal open burn. We were not only fortunate that our fire staff responded quickly and were able to contain the fires, but also that our first responders only sustained minor injuries. Two of these fires were dangerous situations that could have been avoided by following the open burn ordinance. We will take a zero-tolerance approach to violations of this ordinance, we have no choice as it can cost someone a life,” Robbins said.
In addition to the fires, the department responded to ten other calls for service during that timeframe — nine medical rescues and one fire/smoke alarm.
“A big thank you goes out to the Fire Staff with Ash Township who are always there when we need them. The teamwork between our two departments is incredible and we appreciate their willingness to help our community at a moment’s notice.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday her findings after completing a tour of all 131 secretary of state branch offices in the state.
On the list of recommendations from Benson was addressing the long wait times at offices.
At a news conference in Detroit, Benson spoke about visiting all branch offices in Michigan’s 83 counties.
After talking with customers and employees, it was decided that services needed to be improved and wait times shortened for Michigan residents.
“Every Michigan resident deserves efficient access to state services,” Benson said. “We are ready and determined to rebuild a system of delivering services that is modern and effective. Michigan’s hard-working residents and our employees deserve no less,” she said.
According to a statement from the secretary’s office, Benson’s recommendations fall under these headings:
-Upgrade online services and communications.
-Provide targeted support to the highest volume customers.
-Revamp self-service kiosks to ensure reliable service.
-Review internal policies and pursue legislative reforms.
-Create a culture of support for staff.
-Improve the physical environment of offices.
-Expand features that work and restructure those that don’t.
-Look for opportunities to continuously streamline operations.
-Encourage customer and employee feedback.
By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com Published April 10, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST Updated April 11, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will be escorting the family and friends to the funeral service of Master Sgt. Amanda West — an Army veteran and Huron Township resident who passed away March 17 after battling breast cancer.
The escort will begin Friday at the soccer fields located on Huron River Drive at 2 p.m.
The department will then travel with West’s family and friends to her memorial service in Riverview.
“The story and accomplishments of Master Sergeant West are incredible. Her story is one that should be heard. We see this as an opportunity to show our appreciation to her family for their sacrifice,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.
West attended Huron School District from elementary through high school.
Residents are encouraged to show their appreciation by viewing the escort anywhere along the route.
“Instead of a funeral procession, we decided to begin the celebration of her life by escorting her family to the church while passing by the schools she attended as a child as well as her home here in Huron Township. We are hoping that witnessing this escort will be an inspiration to our students and build on many of the patriotic events that are currently held within the school district,” Robbins said.
Escort route (updated): Southbound Huron River Drive beginning at the soccer fields north of the High School, to eastbound Huron River Drive in front of Huron High School and Renton Junior High, to northbound Middle Belt passing Brown Elementary. Then to eastbound Pennsylvania Road, south on Racho Road, then eastbound Sibley, north on Grange Road, back on eastbound Pennsylvania and ending at 17760 Fort Street (Metro City Church in Riverview).
“In preparation for this event, we located Amanda’s 6th grade report card. It was clear even then that she was destined for success at a very young age. Her 6th grade teacher wrote that Amanda had run a great campaign for 6th grade president and that she looked forward to voting for her in a real election. How impressive is that? I hope the young ladies in our community can learn from Amanda’s story that they can achieve anything they set their minds to,” Robbins said.
The escort will include the Huron Township Police Department Mounted Unit who will symbolize the fallen soldier through a riderless horse.
A riderless horse is a single horse, without a rider, and with boots reversed in stirrups. The riderless horse symbolizes a warrior that will ride no more and is used in military parades to symbolize fallen soldiers.
The riderless horse will be on display in front of Renton and Huron High School and in front of Brown Elementary (weather permitting).
During the holiday season, the public safety department collected items for West while she was in the hospital receiving treatment.
As part of the department’s “Shop with a Hero” program during Christmas 2019, the public safety dispatch staff adopted West while she was receiving treatment at the Walter Reid Military Hospital in Maryland.
The dispatch staff sent a care package to West which included a heated blanket, pajamas, slippers, crafts, various snacks, and a book.
Read a biography of Amanda West by visiting the links below.