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Laurie Boswell, Henry Volunteer Fire Department

Laurie Boswell has the traits and qualities employers die for. Her dedication and work ethic are the stuff legends are made of. "It's not my job" is a phrase we would never expect to hear from this class act and fire company member. Laurie serves Hanover County's Henry Volunteer Fire Department (Station Six) and has done so, faithfully, for many years. She has a "whatever it takes" spirit that inspires many of her fellow volunteers. Don Bradshaw, President of the Henry VFC, recently referenced Laurie as their "one person rehab/support squad." Laurie holds an office that has a pretty clear job description. Her willingness to pitch in leads her to wear many hats benefiting the fire company.

Her level of activity and thoughtfulness boosts our entire system. On several occasions Laurie has organized and supplied the receptions following our Fire Academy Graduation Ceremonies. This is a big task that goes beyond "hosting" our own ... this very kind action rewards the families of our firefighters, staff, recruits and rookies. It is so important to involve family in the fire service. With Laurie's efforts our graduation celebration is really a touching, hospitable and even heartwarming affair. Her public relations effort on behalf of the HVFD is superb. Laurie handles communications and correspondence to donors, members and "friends" of Station Six. She frequently goes beyond any expectations while staffing or supporting the stations fundraisers, open houses and community activities.

In the Fire Service many people wind up offering "help as needed." Laurie has been called on to help with training exercises (by acting as a patient), she recently worked hard to make the stations Independence Day Holiday Picnic, to reward their members and families, a success. She rarely misses any business meetings where she records the minutes and stays informed of upcoming needs and activities. "I wouldn't enjoy limiting my involvement or service to Station Six. This has become a second family and I love helping out," said Boswell.