2018-02-07 / News

Benefit set for longtime Hancock firefighter, rescue squad member

Ernie Truax Ernie Truax Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock will be hosting a benefit to assist Ernie Truax, a longtime member of both the Hancock fire and rescue companies, with medical costs associated with his recent hospitalizations.

The event – a dinner with live music and auction -- will be held April 21 at the Berkeley Springs Moose Lodge.

In 1965, Truax became a member of the Hancock Fire Company and in 1969, helped establish the Hancock Rescue Squad. In 1980, he was instrumental in helping to organize the Little Orleans Fire Company.

Over the next several decades, Truax would go on to become a member of the Washington County Fire Police and a member of the Morgan County Deputy Reserve Unit.

In 2015, the Community Foundation of Washington County recognized Truax as an unsung hero. A $5,000 endowment was started in his name, and will be used for the younger generation to train to become paramedics or law enforcement.

This past December, Truax became ill and suffered a spinal stroke. Truax is currently in HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg.

According the Interfaith Service Coalition, Truax is having to relearn how to walk while at the rehab facility.

Tickets to the benefit event can be purchased by calling Mike Stewart at 301-992- 9905, Debbie Cohill at 301- 331-6605, or Beth Buskirk at 304-676-9674.

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