First United Methodist church honors first responders

Screen Shot 2016-09-11 at 12.26.56 PMLEXINGTON, Tenn — The 15th anniversary of 9-11 brings up a time of remembrance of the lives lost on that day. It’s also a moment to honor the brave men and women who protect us and keep us safe. First United methodist church honored local first responders in Lexington and Henderson county during Sunday’s service.

Reverend Douglas Norfleet said “These are the folks who run toward the danger when the rest of us are running away from it and there’s something remarkable about that. We really just feel like it’s an opportunity for us to bring it closer to home and to show our appreciation and thanks for the first responders in our community here.”

Before service began police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances lined up so children of the church, as well as members, got to see the equipment they use daily. First responders said their grateful to have a community that supports their hard work and bravery.

Henderson county fire chief, Lynn Murphy said “the thank you means so much to us and we really appreciate the ongoing support.”

During service Reverend Douglas called up a representative from each department so they could be recognized and receive an appreciation certificate. Jeff Middleton of the Lexington police department said he was training at the police academy the day of 9-11.

“Very thankful that the Methodist church has asked us to come out today on this anniversary of probably one of the most significant days in our country’s history and my lifetime.” said Middleton.

Reverend Douglas said he’s glad the church was able to honor first responders for their dedication and  sacrifices to the community.

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