January 29, 2018

Manchin Honored Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader Will Be His Guest at the State of the Union

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced today that he is honored to invite Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Chief, as his guest for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening at the U.S. Capitol. Last year, there was an estimated 2,000 opioid overdoses in Cabell County and Chief Rader has led the Huntington Fire Department’s effort to combat this epidemic. She was also featured in the Oscar nominated Netflix documentary Heroin(e).

“In the face of the opioid epidemic, Chief Rader has shown incredible courage and served as a pillar of strength for the Huntington community,” Senator Manchin said. “And as the first woman to lead a professional fire department in the state she broke down barriers for young women across our state, and has served as a role model for all West Virginians. I’m honored to have invited her to join me for the State of the Union address and to work with her to bring an end to this crisis that is impacting every part of our state.”

“I am both honored and humbled that Senator Manchin has invited me to be his guest for the 2018 State of the Union Address. As West Virginia and the country deals with an unprecedented health epidemic, it is imperative that we bring awareness, education and outside the box thinking to the table as we continue to save as many lives as possible. Also, it is imperative that we find creative ways to alleviate the immeasurable burden to our first responders as well as others on the frontline,” Chief Rader said.