(Holton, Ind.) - First responders in Holton have been honored for their work following a tornado that devastated the town.
Holton was among the hardest hit towns by a tornado outbreak on March 2, with two people losing their lives in the Ripley County community.
During an annual picnic held on his Decatur County farm, State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) presented an American flag flown at the Indiana Statehouse to three people who led the town’s recovery.
They were Holton Fire Chief Tony Franklin, Holton Town Marshal Bobby Curl, and Ripley County Emergency Management Agency Director Patrick Rose.
"These men are heroes. The worked tirelessly during the night of March 2nd and for days and weeks afterwards assisting the people of Holton, Indiana after a devastating tornado," Frye said.
Frye's picnic also featured political speeches from Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb, 6th Congressional District candidate Luke Messer, Lieutenant Governor candidate Sue Ellspermann, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. He said more than 300 people attended.
Indiana Farm Bureau made a formal presentation endorsing Frye's reelection campaign. The incumbent Republican faces Aurora Democrat Tom Cheek in the race for House District 67 representing much of southeast Indiana.