Firefighters who joined the ranks more than 50 years ago were honored as part of National Night Out and Tuesday’s Madison City Council meeting. From left: Robert Armstrong, Beverly Armstrong, David Wolfschlog, Don McKay, Leeodda Knoebel, John Goins, Joe Knoebel, Carl Morgan, Lynda Knoebel, John Knoebel and Kim Washer. Graham Lohrig and his grandson kneel in front of the group. (Photo courtesy of Kim Washer)
Firefighters who joined the ranks more than 50 years ago were honored as part of National Night Out and Tuesday’s Madison City Council meeting. From left: Robert Armstrong, Beverly Armstrong, David Wolfschlog, Don McKay, Leeodda Knoebel, John Goins, Joe Knoebel, Carl Morgan, Lynda Knoebel, John Knoebel and Kim Washer. Graham Lohrig and his grandson kneel in front of the group. (Photo courtesy of Kim Washer)
By PEGGY VLEREBOME

Special to the Courier

The City Council met in the fire truck bay at the Clifty 6 fire station Tuesday night in observance of National Night Out.

Every year the council meets somewhere other than city hall and uses the occasion to honor first responders.

Special honors were given to 11 men who joined one of the volunteer companies 50 or more years ago and one who joined 48 years ago. Each received a framed certificate declaring him to be a distinguished citizen. Eight of the recipients were present to receive their awards.

The honorees and when they joined are:

• Fair Play Fire Co. #1: Carl Morgan, March 1, 1954; John Knoebel, Sept. 19, 1955; Joe Knoebel, June 6, 1960; and Robert “Bob” Armstrong, Dec. 2, 1963.

• Washington Fire Co. #2: Anthony “Tony” Hertz, March 3, 1963; James Lehnert, Dec. 19, 1967; and Charles “Bill” Andrews, Jan. 5, 1969.

• Western Fire Co. #3: John Goins, April 20, 1964; and Graham Lohrig, March 16, 1968.

• Walnut Street Fire Co. #4: Don McKay, Aug. 2, 1962; and Robert “Bob” Schoenstein, Jan. 7, 1965.

• Clifty Fire Co. #6: David Wolfschlag, Jan. 1, 1969.

Another kind of honor was also bestowed at the meeting. Presbyterian Avenue between State Road 7 (Cragmont Street) and Lincoln Avenue also will be known by the honorary name Bobby Carpenter Way. Carpenter, who opened Carpenter’s Service Center vehicle repair business at 752 Presbyterian Ave. in 1979, died Oct. 4, 2018, at the age of 66.

After the designation was approved, volunteer firefighter and former City Council member Pete Backus pointed out from the audience that Carpenter was a volunteer firefighter with Western Fire Co. #3.

Other council action, page A6