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First responders celebrated at church service

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

Shreveport Baptist Temple Church wanted to say thank you to the everyday heroes in our midst, first responders. That includes police, firefighters, EMTs and more. The church held an appreciation day celebration.

"Right during the invitation, I felt wheezy, you know," Howard Hall, pastor, said. "I finally had a seat on the platform and I passed out and the ambulance came."

Hall knows first hand of the importance of first responders. Sunday's appreciation service is a way to say thank you to them.

"Roman's 13 tells us to honor those men and women who service our community," Hall said.

First responders are under stress from taking care of others and this service reminds them they have support, too.

"They deal with the negative side of society," Hall said. "They see people at their worst. We wanted to have the service today to encourage them and tell them we're for them."

Chief Craig Mulford, with SFD, says such services are moral boosters and allows first responders to build relationships with communities.

"The strength of a community, is based on the strength of its congregations, whether you're Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, whatever," Mulford said. "It's very important for our public safety officials, police fire and first responders, when that invite is extended, for us to participate and show our appreciation."

Shreveport Baptist Temple plans to make the first responder appreciation service an annual event.

 

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