City praises individuals and receives donation

GREENVILLE – Mayor Steve Willman honored Kenton Stacy and Mike and Stacy Brown during the regular meeting of Greenville City Council on Tuesday. Stacy was honored for faithful service and exemplary behavior as an explosive ordinance disposal technician with the U.S. Navy. The Browns and their therapy dogs were honored for earning the Therapy Dog Distinguished title from the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Chief Petty Officer Stacy is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate and former member of the Greenville Fire Department Auxiliary. He earned the USO Service Member of the Year Award for his bravery in Afghanistan for helping destroy improvised bombs, train Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces members on route-clearing techniques. Stacy is currently recovering from injuries sustained from an IED explosion while defending our country in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

A fundraising page has been setup at to help the family and has raised nearly $70,000. He is stationed in San Diego, Calif. where he is recovering from his injuries with his wife, Lindsey (also a GHS grad), and their four children.

The Browns and their two service and therapy dogs, John and Harley, make regular visits to hospitals, assisted living facilities, and to the homes of Hospice patients. In order to earn the Therapy Dog Distinguished award they made 400 individual visits. The two dogs are currently working toward the National Therapy Dog title and are required to complete 500 visits.

The Greenville Fire Department received good news from the non-profit organization TASK, Inc. in the form of a $5,000 check. TASK’s president and vice-president, Scott Garrison and Brian Pearson, explained TASK was established to help fund youth safety initiatives. The group started in Versailles and through the support of donors and grants they have been able to expand across the county. This is the first donation to a Greenville organization.

Greenville Safety Service Director Curt Garrison pointed out the donation will be used to purchase an inflatable house for fire prevention education at local schools and events. The house has three different rooms where kids can be educated about fire dangers in each room. Curt Garrison stressed this is not a bounce and it is big enough to allow firefighters to be inside the house to educate the kids.

The cost of the inflatable house is approximately $10,000. The safety service director asked council to consider appropriating the additional $5,000 from the funds that have been saved over the past couple years for fire safety education.

PHOTO CAPTION: Shown in the check presentation are Greenville Fire Chief Russ Thompson, Safety Service Director Curt Garrison, Councilman and Safety Committee Chairman John Hensley, TASK, Inc. President Scott Garrison and TASK, Inc. Vice-President Brian Pearson.

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