On the anniversary of September 11th, Stephens County gathers to thank local first responders.
The Pointe Church in Toccoa hosted an event Wednesday evening to both thank local police, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, EMS, and other law enforcement and emergency personnel and remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.
The Pointe’s Pastor, the Rev. Terry Addis, said that they wanted to show first responders how much they are appreciated.
“Tonight, we just want to say ‘thank you’ for ‘just doing your job’,” said the Rev. Addis. “It is a job that so many would not do no matter the compensation. It is a job a lot of us could not handle.”
He went on to say that while emergency personnel will often say they are “just doing their job,” they are in fact doing much more.
“Your job touches lives in the worst of times and the most difficult of situations,” said the Rev. Addis. “Your job, for us in those critical times (and) those difficult moments, is more than just a job, it is more like a ministry that touches our lives at some of the most important times of our lives.”
Those in attendance also took time to pray for and remember the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
Prior to the service in the church’s sanctuary, the Pointe provided a meal for first responders and their families in the gymnasium.