The Kiwanis Club of Benton announced its members unanimously voted in favor of honoring Benton Fire Chief Harry Green as grand marshal for the 177th annual Tater Day Parade on April 6.

Benton City Councilwoman Rita Murray during a recent council meeting said the Kiwanis Club members selected Green in honor of his "thousands of hours of volunteerism, helping everyone out in the community."

"Anything community-oriented, he's always there," she added. Then she looked to Green and said, "Tell your assistant chief he's going to do the work for the Tater Day Parade this year because all you'll be doing is riding in a convertible."

Green said it's the entire department who works together to make sure community events, such as Tater Day and Dickens Festival, are successful and everyone who attends is kept safe.

"We're just there if anybody needs anything or if they need for us to help in any way we can--that's what we want to do as a fire department, we're always there just trying to help," he said. "I was surprised when they told me; I was surprised I was even considered and honored that I was even asked. I usually just try to fly below the radar."

Green said it will be different not taking charge in helping with what will be his 35th Tater Day Parade with the Benton Fire Department.

Green joined the fire department 35 years ago and has served as fire chief for 14 years. He's a Benton native who has lived here his entire life. He and his wife, Linda, have two children and two grandchildren.