Suzanne Richter will speak on “Unsung Heroes” Friday, October 21 at the Lunch & Learn at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. The program is part of the Paris-Henry County Bicentennial.
Richter will be speaking about local stories of heroism, including a firefighter/smoke jumper from Paris who died in the Mann Gulch Fire in Montana in 1949. He was Robert Bennett, who lost his life at the age of 22. He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.
She also will be speaking about a young World War II hero who died at the end of the war and was buried in France. His name is Sergeant Brooks Toler, age 25.
She also will recount the beginning and development of the local Rescue Squad, as well as local citizens who began the Paris Rescue Squad including Bill Looney and Gene McGehee.
A Paris native, Richter is a long-time educator and former college president.
The talk will be noon Friday, October 21. Call for reservations for the program and lunch at 731 642 1030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of $12-$20 are accepted.