Knights honor police officers, firefighters at Blue Mass

CHARLESTON—The Knights of Columbus celebrated and honored first responders at a special Mass and breakfast held at St. Joseph Church recently.

During the ceremony, awards were presented to Douglas Kelley as Police Officer of the Year and Chris Vanhoy, deputy fire chief, as Firefighter of the Year. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Fire Chief Daniel Curia, Police Chief Luther Reynolds, and Father Gabriel Smith, pastor of St. Joseph, attended to pay tribute to the two men and all police officers and firefighters.

It is the 52nd year that the Knights have hosted the Blue Mass.

All photos, Miscellany/Doug Deas: Top, Bishop Guglielmone stands with Douglas Kelley and Chris Vanhoy.

Bishop Guglielmone and Father Gabe Smith smile at remarks from Mayor John Tecklenburg during the ceremony honoring police officers and firefighters,