HAMLET — Every year, the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce bestows the Citizen of the Year award to a resident who has served the county above and beyond his or her normal duties.
This year, Dennis Holloway will be honored at the chamber’s annual banquet scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Cole Auditorium on the campus of the Richmond Community College.
Holloway was a U.S. Army paratrooper and suffered debilitating injuries during a jump. He survived and, after an honorable discharge, began a 30-year career as an enforcement officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
He retired in 2005 after patrolling an area stretching from the southeastern North Carolina coast to Scotland County. Holloway now lives in Rockingham, where he worships and serves as an active member of First Baptist Church.
Holloway is a member of AMVETS Post 316 and its honor guard, which performs military rites at veterans’ funerals and memorial events. He’s also served as the veterans’ group’s commander and is president of the Rockingham Civitan Club, where he volunteers with backpack donations.
Tickets are on sale now at the chamber. Sponsorships are also available.
This year’s event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a business meeting at 6:30 in the auditorium honoring Holloway and conclude with a celebration in the banquet rooms at 7:30 p.m. featuring music and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
The Citizen of the Year award is presented annually by the chamber and is recognized as the county’s highest honor. The recipient is chosen based on factors regarding his or her contribution to the community either during the year or over the course of his or her life.