During the 2020 National Night Out observance August 4 in Irmo’s Town Park, the Irmo Outreach Committee presented the town of Irmo with a commemorative bench honoring the area’s first responders.
On hand to accept the bench were Irmo Mayor Barry Walker and Council Members Bill Danielson and Erik Sickinger, as well as Irmo Police Chief Courtney Dennis and Captain Bobby Dale.
Irmo Outreach Committee Founder and President Wade de Loach thanked Mayor Walker, members of council, members of the Irmo Police Department, and committee volunteers who were on hand to attend the presentation. de Loach mentioned that more such benches will be forthcoming, and that the Irmo Outreach Committee will be soliciting corporate and individual sponsors to help defray the costs of future bench construction.
The bench presented at the event was constructed by IOC member Michael Kaine (who was out of state at the time of the presentation), and features an elaborate star of life symbol to represent those who serve as first responders.
de Loach also mentioned that the Irmo Outreach Committee continues to seek new members who are willing to volunteer their time and abilities to assist citizens of the Irmo community in need. The primary function of the Irmo Outreach Committee is to offer home repair and property improvement to the elderly, disabled, and others in the community who are unable to perform such tasks for themselves, or who are prohibited from doing so do to financial concerns. A secondary function of the Committee is to assist with community beautification projects. The bench presented at the National Night Out event will soon find a permanent home within the Irmo Park area. For more information about volunteering or seeking assistance from the IOC, visit www.IrmoOutreach.org.