The local heroes called police officers and firefighters were recognized on Sunday afternoon at the Law Enforcement & Firefights Appreciation Day.
Sponsored by Firearm Freedom Day, the American Legion Post 6 and the American Legion Post 6 Ladies Auxiliary, a number of awards were handed out to the men and women who protect the citizens of Corinth and Alcorn County.
“What is going on in this country is disgusting,” said event co-organizer Jay Anthony. “People shooting police officers and fire fighters for doing their job is wrong. We have to put our foot down and stop those hate crimes by honoring our local heroes.”
Anthony and Bobby McDaniel created the appreciation day event to honor police officers and firefighters who are often not given the recognition they deserve.
Those receiving awards for their selflessness and dedication to duty and the sacrifices made by their officers, firefighters and their families included Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart, Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance, Corinth Fire Chief Lucky Briggs and Farmington Police Chief Tommy Holmes.
The post also awarded the Corinth Fire Department with a new grill donated by Sears of Corinth to be used by all fire stations and volunteer fire departments in the county.
“It takes a special person to do these jobs,” said Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin. “I will always be a big supporter. Policemen and firemen deserve to be honored and respected by all of us in the community. If you see them out — shake their hand, pat their back and say, thank you for all you do.”
Awards were also presented to the ten Alcorn County volunteer fire departments including Jacinto, Glen, Southwest Alcorn, Pisgah, Alcorn, Rienzi, Union Center-Theo, Biggersville, Farmington, Kossuth and Wenasoga.
“The volunteers are very important,” said Alcorn County Director of Emergency Services Ricky Gibens. “They put their life on the line for no pay, and they often don’t receive the credit they deserve.”
Former police chief David Lancaster was honored with an official letter of thanks from the Governors office presented by District 1 Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, District 4 U.S. Senator Rita Potts Parks and District 2 Rep. Nick Bain, who offered his own words of thanks.
“As judge pro temp for the City of Farmington and Corinth in 2010, I got to work with all these great law enforcement officers and firefighters every day,” Bain said. “I got to read what they did, the reports they filed and from the mundane to the insane, those guys were always there.”
By Zack Steen for Daily Corinthian