Leon County Schools Hosts 2nd Annual 'First Responders Appreciation Day'

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Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 17:09:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Schools honored first responders today. First responders visited schools all throughout the county for lunch.

Midway Police Chief Jerome Turner Junior says they say they appreciate the outreach from all of the students and the school system.

"Any time, of course, that first responders have the opportunity to interact with the children of tomorrow and the leaders of tomorrow it's a great opportunity," said Chief Turner. "Yes it feels good to be appreciated but it really goes tandem, hand-in-hand with the children when they get to see us in a positive lime-light."

Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons says the event was timely, following a fire at Leon High earlier this week.

The fire, which was ruled an arson, burned three classrooms and canceled classes the rest of the day Monday and on Tuesday.

"That's the perfect example of what they do everyday for our community, so I'm very proud of our first responders, we want our students to look up to them as role models," expressed Pons. "We want them to know that they can have confidence in these individuals as leaders in our communities. So if anything comes up you can report it to them you can go to them. And they're going to be individuals that are going to take care of not only our community but also our children."

This is the second annual 'First Responders Appreciation Day'.

The school board passed an official proclamation on January 26 in honor of the day's events.