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."

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  • by Guy South of I 20 on May 22, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    I've seen first hand what they have to go through. You obviously have no idea others you wouldn't say such garbage. Ride one shift with any of them and you'll see. It's not like it is in TV. Far from it.
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM in reply to Guy South of I 20
      I have, many shifts. I did it to help people, not get my rear end patted. Thankfully, there are others like me that do it to help people, not fall to a pity party.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    They get thanked in their own way. Some by paychecks, some by wearing it on their sleeves. Emergency responders deserve no special appreciation that anyone else doesn't get. Those that take it, like Sollie and his boys, are egocentric. It is disgusting that they would suck up such recognition, especially on the Lord's Day in the Lord's House.
  • by Guy South of I 20 on May 21, 2012 at 09:22 AM
    It amazes me that people always comment on negative stories and junk about so-and-so's road needing to be paved but not on positive stories like this. I know I appreciate all of our emergency responders and thank them every time I can. They work hellish hours, miss holidays, usually don't sleep much, spend loads of time away from their families - all to help you and me. It's also National Emergency Services week. When you see EMTs out and about this week, take a moment to say thank you. They don't hear it nearly enough.
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