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Library celebrates local heroes

Firefighter Holsie Griffin poses with Emma Hartin after members of the Greenville Fire Department gave children a tour of the fire engine as the Greenville-Butler County Public Library celebrated “Hometown Heroes,” part of its ongoing children’s Summer Reading Program. (Advocate Staff/Morgan Burkett)

Firefighter Holsie Griffin poses with Emma Hartin after members of the Greenville Fire Department gave children a tour of the fire engine as the Greenville-Butler County Public Library celebrated “Hometown Heroes,” part of its ongoing children’s Summer Reading Program. (Advocate Staff/Morgan Burkett)

By Morgan Burkett
The Greenville Advocate

There were a number of heroes at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library on Friday, including one of the superhero variety.

Spider-Man, along with members of the Greenville Fire Department and the Greenville Police Department, were on hand to take part in the library’s program, “Hometown Heroes.”

While Spider-Man may have been the most famous of the heroes, it was the firefighters and the police officers that were the real stars on Friday.

Library Director Kevin Pearcey said the event was a great opportunity for children to learn about those individuals who keep our community safe in a relaxed and informal environment.

Sgt. Barry Alford and Firefighter Holsie Griffin gave the children tours of the fire engine and shared how they became firefighters.

Officer Thomas Hallford allowed the children to see the inside of his squad car and explained that he had wanted to be a police officer for as long as he could remember.

“I got my start in 2007 and I’ve been protecting the place we call home since then,” said Hallford.

Hallford told the children that his job was to patrol, stop speeders and keep illegal drugs off of the streets.

“I think these heroes were really cool. I really liked Spider-Man,” said Blake Philips. “But if I had to choose what kind of hero I wanted to be, I would definitely be Batman.”