HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Eighteen years ago lives were changed forever on Sept. 11 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. The Hartsville Rotary Club remembered and honored first responders in Darlington County with a dinner on Tuesday night to thank them for their services to the community.
About 75 first responders from Hartsville Police Department, Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, Hartsville Fire Department, Darlington County EMS, Darlington County Fire District, S.C. Highway Department and others enjoyed dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville served by Rotarians.
“We started honoring our first responders in 2017,” said Charles Saverance, president of the club. “I went to a Rotary International meeting in Atlanta, my fourth, and heard a member of another club tell what they did on 9-11 during one of the breakout sessions.” Saverance said he thought the idea was wonderful and came back to pitch a similar idea to then President Bobby McGee. He said the board approved.