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First Responder Appreciation
Posted at 7:08 PM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2017-05-30 10:05:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Tallahassee residents came together Saturday afternoon, honoring those who serve and protect the community.

The group Families Behind the TPD Badge hosted an appreciation rally to wrap up the second annual First Responders Appreciation Week in Florida. 

Dozens came out to the the Old Capitol Building, holding signs and sharing messages paying tribute to local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS crews.

Those involved say this support helps show those who work to keep the community safe just how much their service matters.

"It's a gratifying feeling for individuals to recognize the work that you put in, the dedication you put in, and the effort you put in. Realizing we risk and hazard our lives for their protection and safety... it's just a gratifying feeling to know individuals recognize what we do on a daily basis," said Tallahassee Police Officer Cleveland Brown.

Saturday's event was also part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Everyone across the country is encouraged to wear blue, put a blue ribbon on your car or mailbox or use a blue light bulb outside of your home.