Huntington Fire Department Dedicating Boat

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Huntington Fire Department Dedicating Boat
Photo: Huntington Fire Dept.

The Huntington Fire Department will have a dedication ceremony for its new firefighting vessel at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Harris Riverfront Park.

The Fire Department received a $569,100 federal Port Security grant to purchase the state-of-the-art boat, which will serve as a regional response vessel along approximately 64 miles of the Ohio River between the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam and the Greenup Locks and Dam. This stretch is part of the Port of Huntington Tri-State, which is the largest inland port in the United States.

The vessel will be named after Lt. Leonard Hartz and Firefighter William Ernest Booth, who were among five people who perished in a tragic accident on the Ohio River in 1948. Thursday will mark the 66-year anniversary of the accident. Family members of both firefighters are expected to speak during the ceremony, which is open to the public. It will be moved to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in the event of inclement weather.

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