First responders — including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics — are the first to arrive on the scene of an accident to provide assistance, sometimes saving the lives of those in danger. A special program in Walker County seeks to honor people in these professions next week.
The annual Law Enforcement Night for first responders in Walker County is scheduled for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Thursday, Jan. 9.
The program, sponsored by Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson and the Walker County Republican Party, will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.
The event features keynote speaker Allen Poole, the director of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Poole's previous positions include chairman and CEO of Haralson County Commission, as well as president of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. In his current role, he works to reduce crashes, deaths and injuries by educating the public on road safety.
Expected event attendees include Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield, state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, and state Rep. Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga, said organizer Nancy Burton.
Burton got involved last fall when she approached the sheriff about hosting a town hall event. He informed her of the upcoming Law Enforcement Night, and Burton was on board to help. Since then, she's helped spread the word throughout Walker County, delivering flyers to fire stations and emailing locals to let them know of the event.
"We want it to be a big celebration for the men and women who day in and day out risk their lives for us," Burton said. "We want to give them a good cheer."
She hopes the public will attend this free event to meet their local first responders.
"We want everybody who can come to shake hands and thank them," Burton said.
Walker County Civic Center is at 10052 N. Highway 27 in Rock Spring.
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