KEYSER - The 2017 Harry Alt Award was presented by Luke McKenzie, director of the Office of Emergency Management and 911, during the Mineral County Business and Community Recognition Dinner held Friday at Potomac State College.

By Jean Braithwaite

Tribune Correspondent

KEYSER - The 2017 Harry Alt Award was presented by Luke McKenzie, director of the Office of Emergency Management and 911, during the Mineral County Business and Community Recognition Dinner held Friday at Potomac State College.
The late Mr. Alt was an educator and held many offices and positions as a county volunteer firefighter.
The annual award was presented to the person who gives their time, effort, and has a positive insight that is given to those surrounding them.
This recognition went to Burlington Volunteer Fire Company member Robert Alt.
Upon receiving the award, Alt said, “It is a great honor to be considered for this award, and can only hope I will measure up to Harry.”
R. Alt is a 38-year member of the Burlington VFC and has served in such offices as secretary, first and second lieutenant, captain and has also attained the distinction of being a lifetime member of the fire company.
He remains active with the fire company’s fundraising efforts to benefit the Burlington community.
“This was a wonderful surprise for me,” R. Alt said, adding that Harry Alt was a dedicated firefighter who taught others how to be committed to firefighting through the many related schools he conducted.
R. Alt said that he had been informed that he was nominated for the Harry Alt Award, but did not know who any other nominees might be.
McKenzie had announced the other nominee was Jeremy Taylor.
The annual Business and Community Awards event is sponsored by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Mineral County Development Authority, Office of Emergency Services, and the Keyser Rotary Cl