Poignant 911 Evening of Remembrance at Hilton Garden Inn

Poignant 911 event
Duncanville Chamber President/CEO Steve Martin & Speaker Steve Pruitt photo by Christina Williams

Duncanville community members packed the Hilton Garden Inn’s ballroom last Thursday for a poignant program, 911: An Evening of Remembrance, hosted by the Chamber and AV Pro, Inc. Retired Arlington firefighter Steve Pruitt, who has played his Bagpipes for Duncanville’s 911 event since it first began, took on double duty this year, with an inspirational performance as the featured speaker.

Other speakers who shared their personal remembrances of 911 included Duncanville Police Chief Mark LiVigni, Duncanville Fire Department Chief Sam Rohde, Retired Fire Chief Terry Webb, Chaplain Dave George, and Duncanville Chamber Chair Dr. Ginger Hertenstein Conley, who also led the opening prayer.

911 Evening

AV Pro Table photo by Holt

The guests shown at A V Pro’s table are: Judy Smithey, Jennifer Pennebaker, Amy Jackson, Tom Fowlston, Esther Stoker, and Polly Rains. A V Pro owners Fowlston and Jackson were event sponsors once again. Duncanville Chamber President and CEO Steve Martin presented a special award to Tom Fowlston for his ongoing support and involvement in the annual 911 Remembrance.

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Tom Fowlston presentation photo by Christina Williams

Weaver Table Guests

Duncanville Chamber members and perennial community volunteers Ken and Pat Weaver filled not just one but three tables with their friends and neighbors. Shown at Weaver Table #1 are Pat and Ken Weaver with Bobby and Gerald Hill.

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Ken and Pat Weaver table photo by Holt

Pictured at Weaver Table #2 are Gale Sliger, Phyllis Lambert , and Wayne and Whitney Knight.

911 table guests
Weaver Table 2 photo by Holt

Duncanville City Councilman Greg Contreras and Karen Contreras are shown visiting with Duncanville Fire Department Chaplain Dave George.

911 evening
Councilman Greg Contreras and Karen Contreras with Chaplain Dave George

Duncanville Independent School District

Duncanville ISD sponsored two tables, and some of the guests are shown here with DISD Board Trustee Janice Savage-Martin.

911 Evening of Remembrance
DISD table guests Holt photo

Duncanville Police Department Honor Guard posted the colors while a perfectly-coordinated video of scenes and tributes from 911 was shown on the big screen by A V Pro.

911 at Hilton Garden Inn
Duncanville PD Honor Guard photo by Holt

Martin said, “I love and appreciate all of the people that were a part of the program. I also love my community family and friends that were in attendance and shared such a moving and emotional evening. Everyone showed their love and appreciation to all who lost their lives that fateful morning. I hope and pray that ‘We Never Forget.’”

Guests at the Frost Bank table included former Mayor David Green with Regina and Ken Frazier and Julie Hargrove.

Frost Bank table guests photo by Holt

(Photos from the event were taken by Jo Ann Holt of Focus Daily News and by Christina Williamson from Duncanville ISD)

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.