3 July 2017, the fifth annual Mt Airy Fireworks, held at the Mt Airy Fire Company Carnival Grounds, “ . . . was without a doubt the biggest year yet!” according to the Mt Airy Fireworks website. While the community came together with tents, mobile furniture and games, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, was there to assist with parking, crowd and traffic control. Twenty-one cadets and senior members attended the event to assist the Mt Airy Police and Sheriff Department in this endeavor.
Armed with orange painted PVC batons and paint sticks, the cadets (ages 12 to 18), parents, senior members and volunteers positioned themselves to facilitate the press of parking patrons. After the fireworks, these stalwart volunteers assisted the police and sheriff departments handle the mass exodus of vehicles and pedestrians. Cadets learn to lead by doing. Civil Air Patrol is one of the best volunteer organizations, dedicated to serving community and nation. It instills the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect.
“I am proud to serve with each and everyone of you! You Cadets are our future!,” Commander Ray Buzzard, Mt Airy Composite Squadron.