Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 1, 2013

Jacksonville College will honor first responders

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A 10 a.m. recognition and reception Wednesday at Jacksonville College is the school's way of saying thanks to local emergency first responders for the work they do.

“We just want folks to know that we appreciate what they do,” said Mike Morse, director of college safety and security.

“When someone dials 911, they're usually in a bind and these are the people who help them fix whatever is wrong.”

Certificates of appreciation will be given to first responders – trained members of police and fire departments, as well as emergency medical services – during the school's regular weekly service at Buckner Chapel, followed by a reception in the Stevens Room at Norman Library.

Morse said a national police officers memorial week in May commemorates fallen officers, but he wanted to include fire and EMS personnel in the college event.

“I'm an old retired cop, and I know what it means to me to hear someone say, 'Hey, thanks for what you're doing,'” he said.

“I don't want people to think that we're just ticket-writers, but know that we help the community, too.”

Wednesday's event is open to the public.