North Side Baptist Church Honors First Responders 9/8/13
CBS 7 News
September 8, 2013
FORT STOCKTON, TX-They are the first on scene during an emergency and are often taken for granted.
Today the community of Fort Stockton came together to honor their first responders.
Sitting in the service, I saw first hand how appreciated and loved these men and women are.
This week marks 12-years since 9/11, and pastor Scott Owens, of North Side Baptist Church, thought today would be the perfect opportunity to honor their first responders.
"Itís always nice for the community to come together and say thank you. It makes me feel real good that they recognize what emergency personnel really does," said David Hoard, with Fort Stockton DPS.
North Side Baptist Church in Fort Stockton honored their local Police Officers, Firemen, EMS, Border Patrol, DPS and their families with fellowship and lunch.
Pastor Scott Owens, who was once a part of a fire department, wants these men and women to know that they have an entire community supporting them.
"We just wanted to honor them and let them know we appreciate them, because they get forgotten sometimes and what they do for our community. Not many people say thank you in a big way," said Owens.
The church honored each local department with a plaque showing their gratitude for serving and protecting their town.
Police Chief Art Fuentes says there are many sacrifices that go unseen by the community. Something as small as a meal and fellowship means a lot.
"Anytime we can do this again, anytime we can get our guys to get a little thank you, a little pat on their back, it just goes so far with these officers," said Fuentes.
Pastor Owens says the turnout was better than he could've imagined and he plans to make this public service day an annual event.