By Allen Worrell, News Writer
All proceeds from the event will go to the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Hillsville Police Department. Harmon was a life-time member of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and he served for more than 25 years with the fire department and the Hillsville Police Department. Last year’s event raised $1,000 to be split between the two local agencies.
“I just want to let everybody know how much we appreciate their support. He just meant so much to everybody and he was constantly giving back to the community,” Harmon’s wife, Brenda, said. “Everybody still misses him. Hardly a days goes by that somebody doesn’t mention him. I just know he would be happy with this because it helps the Hillsville Police Department and the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.”
Former colleagues of Carl Harmon’s fondly remember his time serving the community. Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams said Harmon would be proud of the Memorial Poker Run.
Current HVFD member Don Yonce said he enjoyed serving with Harmon for about 15 years on the fire department
“He was a real good firefighter and just an all-around good person,” Yonce said.
Earl Rhea Jett worked with Harmon on the fire department and through the Town of Hillsville. He said the event is a good way to keep Harmon’s memory alive.
“He was just the type of person that was always reaching out to help somebody. He just had a big heart. I think that is the reason he did such a good job with the fire department and the police department, his concern for other people,” Jett said. “I still remember the fire we had where he worked at the post office and saved that person’s life before the fire department got there. That was just the type person he was.”
Registration for the poker run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hillsville Fire Department. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hillsville Fire Department and end there as well. Cost is $15 per hand for five cards, or $20 per couple. Prizes will be awarded of $100 for the best hand and $50 for the worst hand. H&H BBQ will cater the event and live music will be provided.
There will also be a 50-50 drawing and lots of door prizes. All bikes are welcome.
For further information, contact Brenda Harmon at (276) 733-9514.