Whether they are police officers, firefighters or emergency medical services personnel, they bravely step up to serve their community.
Each year for Patriot Day, Crothersville FFA conducts a dinner for the local first responders as a way to show appreciation for their service.
For the second year in a row, an evening meal was served at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department station on Moore Street. For the previous two years, FFA members hosted a breakfast on Patriot Day at the school.
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Officials with the fire department, Crothersville Police Department and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services attended this year’s dinner Sept. 8.
Crothersville FFA Adviser Linda Myers said $1,500 was presented to the police officers for Michael Weiler, a reserve officer who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident while on duty Aug. 14.
Patriot Day is Sept. 11 each year in memory of the people killed in the terrorist attacks that occurred on that date in 2001. Terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, and later in the morning, planes crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
That day, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured. Among those who died were 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers.