The Huron County Area Veterans Council selected Price and honored him during the third annual veteran of the year banquet Saturday. VFW Post 123 hosted the event, which brought a full house.
“I appreciate everybody I was nominated with. They are some class-act people,” Price said.
The other nominees were: Lori Abrams, of Bellevue (U.S. Army); Mary “Molly” Doss, of Monroeville (U.S. Air Force); John Roeder, of New London (Army); and Donn Rospert, of Bellevue (U.S. Marine Corps).
Council president Robert Ward said the selection committee had a lot of tough decisions to make among the great submissions.
“They did a wonderful job,” he added. “Tom, thank you for all you do.”
Price is active in the VFW as a judge advocate and is on the finance and state membership committees. He is the legislative chairman for District 9 and the District 9 service officer. Price also is an active Disabled American Veterans member and served on the state conventions and membership committee.
Also, Price has been in honor guards for funerals and Memorial Day events. He also has been involved in the POW/MIA program at the post and district levels. In addition, the Norwalk man has been appointed to the Huron County Veterans Service Commission as a VFW representative and volunteers at the Ohio Veterans Home.
Married to Kimberly (Smith) Price, he and his wife have five children and 14 grandchildren.
Tom Price established the Huron County Veterans Honor Trip to Washington. This year’s participants included two buses and Norwalk and New London students. Ron Graham, selection committee chairman, said Price strives to make each more memorable than the last and recommended participants sign up for the upcoming trip in October.
Huron County Commissioner Skip Wilde presented Price with a certificate that honored him as the veteran of the year. The other politicians with local connections who attended Saturday’s banquet were: Commissioners Terry Boose and Joe Hintz, Bellevue Mayor Kevin Strecker, New London Mayor John Martin, state Rep. Dick Stein, who represents Huron County in the 57th district, and Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, who was the guest speaker.
Conway’s late father, Bill, was a Korean War-era veteran who served in a Hawaii military hospital and later was an avid follower of military history. The judge said he appreciates all veterans’ contributions to the community, noting it’s clear they know best how to serve the area because of their time in the military.
Strecker announced he and Bellevue city council had proclaimed that Saturday was Veterans Appreciation Day in Bellevue.
Also honored Saturday was Rospert, who recently was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in Columbus. Strecker called him a “true champion for all veterans.” The Bellevue mayor became slightly choked up when he said he was proud to receive the letter from the Department of Veteran Services which informed him that Rospert had been selected as one of the inductees.
Five of the six Ohio inductees in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. In 1998, the late Rev. John E. Duffy, of New London, was inducted. He was a World War II Army veteran.
The previous Huron County Veterans of the Year are Bob Good, of Monroeville, and Norwalk residents Ron Dennison and Matt Raymond.