Church Honors Emergency Responders

Law enforcement officials and first responders from across our area took part in the special service held at Lauderdale United Methodist Church on Sunday morning.

To help honor those who have died in the line of a duty, a display was on hand containing memorabilia from Ground Zero in New York City, including a beam from one of the World Trade Center towers. Pastor Gary Howse tells us it was an honor to play host to the event.

"I think anybody that sees it, remembers anything about it, remembers how lucky and fortunate we are to have our public service workers," Howse says. "And this is just the day that we remind people that we need to be thankful for what we have through the service they do."

Sunday's service was organized by Reid Vaughn who is Minister of Music at the church. He's also with the Alabama chapter of Terry Farrell firefighter fund. Farrell was killed on 9-11, along with others from Rescue 4 and the New York Fire Department. He says the organization helps collect equipment and assists in times of need.

"It's a very poignant reminder of what every fireman, EMS provider, public servant does everyday they put on the uniform," Vaughn says. "Those guys put their pants on everyday just like everyone else did that morning, one leg at the time. Hoping they'd come home, hoping at the end of their tour they'd be home and that was not the case. They made the ultimate sacrifice that day for our security and our safety."

If you'd like more information about the Terry Farrell firefighter fund, you can visit or you can go to www.

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