JONESBORO—Volunteers served a special lunch Tuesday to some Clayton County first responders on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“We had a house full of firemen, police and paramedics along with some people from private ambulance services,” said Elmcroft of Mt. Zion Community Relations Director, Cynthia Carey. “We did this memorial luncheon in remembrance of 9/11 and to honor our heros.”
The first responders had lunch at the assistant living facility located at 7493 Mount Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro. They dined on a variety of wraps, wings, french fries and sparking water they watched a video of the Sept. 9, footage 11 years ago, said Carey.
“Our fireman, police, and emergency medical technicians don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Carey. “They constantly save lives and we wanted to show our appreciation by providing them lunch, just to say thank you. We showed the video in remembrance of those that served in the line of duty during the 9/11 2001 tragedy.”
Members of Shiloh Baptist Church located at 216 West Mill St., in Jonesboro delivered lunch to fire station # 10 and fire station #3 , said Levone Harris. She said a few police officers in the area stopped in for the 9/11 lunch.
John Marxen manned the grill at Morrow City Hall, where police, firefighters and other city emergency personnel dined on grilled hot-dogs, sausages, hamburgers, potato salad, cole slaw, spinach salad, chips, cake, lemon bars and sodas.
Some of the first responders on hand for the 9/11 luncheon, were Clayton County Fire Chief Jeff Hood, Morrow Police Chief Chris Leighty, along with Lake City Police Chief, David Colwell. They joined firefighters, police officers , emergency medical technicians, others who flowed in out during the luncheon at the Morrow City Hall.
“It is not often that we get shown appreciation,” Colwell said. “Most people in this line of work are not in it for the money. So their appreciation means a lot. It makes it all worth while.”
Colwell said the observance of Sept. 11, is about remembering all of the people who lost their lives 11 years ago.
Morrow Police Chief Leighty said he wish the terrorist attacks never happened.
“Today is about remembering something we rather not remember,” said Leighty. “This day is not just about public safety personnel but it is also about the average citizens who became heros that day. I am thankful for the heros I work with everyday.
“It’s extremely special that local residents fed us today because it brought us all together for a time of remembrance,” said Morrow Fire Chief, Mark Herendeen.
Marxen served more than 40 first responders during the special luncheon. He offered as a dessert, a Sept. 11 anniversary cake which had a broken ladder embedded in the frosting.
“That stands for all of the fallen firefighters,” Marxen said.
Mike Johnson and Donna Dobrindt, served as a volunteer at the Morrow City Hall. Johnson of Tara Properties grilled food and Dobrindt served plates to their guest.
‘We do this in appreciation for what our first responders do for us,” Dobrindt said. “When my husband had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance the paramedics were very helpful and calming to both of us.”