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9/11 remembrance to honor first responders

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

The community will honor local first responders Wednesday as the events of Sept. 11, 2001 are recalled during the annual Patriots Day Service.

The Fayette County Ministerial Association will remember the terrorist attacks from 18 years ago by honoring the community’s first responders. During the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 344 firefighters, 60 law enforcement officers and eight emergency medical technicians died.

In 2018, the ministers chose to go to local first responders where they work rather than asking them to attend the service, although first responders are invited to attend.

The community will meet at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1211 Grand Ave., before dispersing to the three Connersville fire stations, Fayette County Jail, Community Corrections, Connersville Police Department, 911 Central Dispatch and Fayette County Emergency Medical Services.

At the church, Mayor Harold Gordon will give a proclamation and Stan Howard, pastor of Orange Community Church of the Cross, will sing. A Sept. 11 video presentation will be shown.

Other ministers participating are Reid Health Chaplain Shawn Tipton, First United Methodist Church Pastor Frank Oakman and Western Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Jeremiah Burdon. Host pastor Mal Gibson will send the congregation on their way with prayer.

At the agencies’ headquarters, each group will thank the first responders for their service and talk to them about how the community can pray for them. They will then offer prayer.

Cookies will be left for their enjoyment.

Eric Hopkins, associate pastor of Growing Branches for Christ Ministries, and retired Salvation Army officer Mary-Lou Branson will purchase cookie dough and bake the cookies.

After the prayer and cookies, each group will leave the first responders to do their jobs.