The Royse City American Legion's Tri-County Award Program recently named Lee Craft as "Tri-County Hero" for the month of November 2019 for his service to the country and to the community.
Craft served six years in the Marine Corps as an F4 Phantom Jet flight engineer, 31 years as a firefighter for the city of Garland, and 18 years as assistant fire chief for the city of Royse City. During the ceremony Craft stated that he feels he has been put here for the purpose of serving and has loved every minute of it.
Craft resides in the country near Royse City with his wife Brenda. He spends his time with family — two children and seven grandchildren — and friends, and can frequently be found in his shop producing treasures in wood. Craft is also a member of the Hunt County Woodturners group.
Craft was awarded a certificate of recognition and $150 by Jason Castleberry, post adjutant of the Royse City American Legion, and Carla Dunlap. Craft was also awarded $50 by Diane Stegall from Woodmen of the World to be donated to his choice of charity. Craft directed the contribution to the Alzheimer's Association.
Craft’s name was submitted by sponsors Carla and John Dunlap of Royse City, especially in recognition of his first responder contributions in Garland and Royse City. Careers in dental assisting, along with Rest Haven Funeral Home, the Homes for Heroes team at CGH Reality, and Royse City Urgent Care are sponsors of the monthly award program.
Hero Award recipients must live or work in Royse City, Caddo Mills, Fate, Heath, Rockwall, Nevada or Josephine. Nominations may be made by anyone to Royse City's American Legion No. 100. Consideration for the award is based on outstanding public service.