Service to honor community heroes’
CLEARWATER — On Sunday, Lakeside Baptist Church will hold a 911 service to honor emergency responders of the CSRA.
This includes employees and volunteers of the police department, sheriff’s office, fire department, department of motor vehicles, emergency medical services, security, emergency room, rescue squad and highway patrol.
The service is also open to the service personnels’ families and the public.
The free service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
“This is probably one of the only times the public-safety community is able to come together,” said Tad Marshall, the church pastor. “This also helps the community become better acquainted with them.”
Starting at 9:30 a.m., attendees will be able to view approximately 40 pieces of emergency equipment, including some new equipment from the fire department.
Opening the service will be the Aiken Department of Public Safety Honor Guard and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office bagpiper led by Capt. Bobby Wilson.
During the service, first responders who died within the last two years will receive special recognition.
This includes those who died in the line of duty and those who were retired, Marshall said.
The service is estimated to last a little more than an hour.
After the service, a meal will be provided by BBQ Barn of North Augusta.
“We want to show (these heroes) we appreciate them and we love them,” Marshall said. “They make a difference in our community and in our lives.”
Lakeside Baptist Church is at 4280 U.S. Highway 1.
For more information, call 803-593-9246 or visit www.besidethelake.com.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.