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Service to acknowledge first responders

By Celina Ip

Wesley United Rev. Linda Fuller will be leading the church's second First Responders Appreciation Service on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.

Wesley United Rev. Linda Fuller will be leading the church's second First Responders Appreciation Service on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.

Wesley United Church will be hosting a special service to honour first responders in our area.

 

On Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., Wesley United Church will be holding their second First Responders Appreciation Service, in honour of the men and women who serve and protect during times of crisis.

The first of its kind – which took place in 2015 – had an excellent turnout and the first responders were touched and humbled by the show of gratitude from their local community.

All first responders from across across county – including firefighters, paramedics and police officers – are welcome to attend.

“It's about lifting up the spirits of the all of the first-responders,” said Wesley United Rev. Linda Fuller. “We think it's a very good thing to lift up those who give of themselves daily to make the world a safe place where all can live safely and hopefully live in harmony.

Friends, family and other community members are strongly encouraged to attend as well, as a way of acknowledging the honourable men and women who serve and protect their community on a daily basis.

“A lot of the time we see that there's a road closed and a police car is there and our response is often ‘ugh, what an inconvenience'. But lord knows what they're facing down the road where we can't see,” said Fuller. “Why don’t we turn our approach to a different theme whereby we smile when we see them and say 'thanks for what you do'. We need to say ‘thank you’, because they do important work for us and a lot of the time I believe they’re taken for granted.

Following the service, the church will host a luncheon that will be open to all who attended.

“It will be a chance to have fellowship with the first responders and it will be a chance for the community to shake their hands and say thank you,” said Fuller.

The service is part of an outreach campaign by Wesley United which focuses on the church's mission to praise the selfless work of first responders and encourage the community to do so as well.

“We see this as an opportunity for not only the community but for their families to recognize how much they give to us on a daily basis,” said Fuller.

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