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SERVPRO of Jonesboro NEA First Responder Hero Day 2023

9/13/2023 (Permalink)

first responder chiefs with the mayor Photography by James Bickham

In a world where chaos and emergencies often take center stage, it's the first responders who stand as the pillars of strength and support. These dedicated individuals selflessly rush to the aid of those in need, often risking their own lives to ensure our safety and well-being. To express gratitude and appreciation for their unwavering dedication, SERVPRO of Jonesboro recently hosted a heartwarming event at Judd Hill Farmers' Market, bringing together the community to celebrate and honor our local first responders.

On a sunny Monday morning, the grounds of Judd Hill Farmers' Market were transformed into a hub of warmth and gratitude. The event, organized by SERVPRO of Jonesboro amongst several sponsors, was a beautiful tribute to the brave men and women who work tirelessly to keep our community safe.

The event was a true feast for the senses, featuring a variety of delicious food, refreshing drinks, and a mouthwatering assortment of sweets, all generously provided by local sponsors. Attendees were treated to a delectable spread that catered to every palate, creating an inviting atmosphere that encouraged camaraderie and conversation.

The day began with a heartfelt welcome speech from the team at SERVPRO of Jonesboro, expressing their deep appreciation for the first responders who consistently put the community's needs before their own. Their dedication and sacrifice were acknowledged with respect and admiration.

Local firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other first responders, along with their families, enjoyed the festivities, taking a well-deserved break from their demanding roles. The event provided an opportunity for them to connect with one another, sharing stories and experiences that only those in their line of work can truly understand.

A highlight of the event was the heartwarming interactions between the first responders and the community members who turned out to show their support. As each speaker spoke their words of gratitude and encouragement, you could tell they truly had a passion for what was taking place. Throughout the day, gratitude was in the air. Jonesboro Firefighters Bags and Pipes even played the National Anthem and it was spectacular. 

Although it takes a team of dedicated individuals to become successful in putting service above self-daily, awards were presented to outstanding individuals in each department. The recipients include:

  • Jamie Seaborn – Police department
  • Bill Vacco – Fire department
  • Cody Latner – Sheriff’s department
  • Billy Brown – Emerson Ambulance
  • Hurricane Deployment Team – Medic One

As the event ended, the first responders departed with a newfound sense of appreciation and a community that stands behind them. SERVPRO of Jonesboro's commitment to recognizing the invaluable service of these brave individuals left a lasting mark on the hearts of all who attended.

The event at Judd Hill Farmers' Market was a testament to the power of community support and the importance of showing gratitude to our local heroes. It served as a reminder that, in times of crisis, we are not alone but surrounded by a caring and appreciative community ready to lend a helping hand.

SERVPRO of Jonesboro's gesture of hosting this event for our first responders is a shining example of how a small act of kindness can have a profound impact on our community. It reminds us that, by coming together and expressing our gratitude, we can create a more connected and compassionate society. They are the ones who run toward danger when we run away, and they deserve our unwavering support and gratitude.

Read more about this event in the Jonesboro Sun newspaper!

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