Dinner honors those who serve and protect

Published 3:03 pm Thursday, November 19, 2009

They work while we sleep and put their lives on the line to protect us from harm. Local law enforcement and fire fighters were recognized and honored for their service to Butler County Tuesday night at the Annual Law Enforcement/Firefighters Appreciation Dinner held at Cambrian Ridge.

The event, organized by Ada Lee Williams and Joy Casey, drew a roomful of attendees.

A number of local dignitaries and educators spoke about the dedication and professionalism of the police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters and paramedics who serve the community.

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Father Fred Lindstrom, the chaplain for the Greenville Police Department and a former police officer himself, reminded those present to live a fully-rounded life and to keep God in the picture, encouraging them to develop hobbies, interests and friendships outside their professional circle for their own emotional well-being.

Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Sparks served as the keynote speaker for the event.

Williams thanked the many area businesses and individuals whose donations made the dinner possible.

“I have never had anyone turn me down, and I am so blessed by that,” she said.

A half-dozen plates were left over from the event, and Williams arranged for the dinners to be delivered to those on duty at the county correctional facility and police department.

“It all worked out so well,” Williams said with a broad smile.