HAVANA, Fl. (WTXL) -- Governor Rick Scott declared January 4-8, 2016 "Florida First Responder Appreciation Week", and on Thursday the 7th, Tallahassee Community College's Public Safety Institute, hosted a ceremony honoring them.
Prayer, song, applause, and the whirring of a helicopter flyover filled the ears of those who attended the event.
First responders from all across the Big Bend showed up to not only be recognized but also to honor those who have fallen in 2015.
"I think the essence of what this ceremony is all about is taking time for each of us to get together with each other and share an appreciation and a pat on the back for thanks to each of the folks that we work with on a regular basis," said Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh.
This recognition is extended to first responders of all kinds, including law enforcement, fire fighters, and EMTs.
"It's a time where everybody from all walks of life, different agencies, [and] different responsibilities can come out and share this experience together," Lt. Christopher Daniels of the Midway Police Department said.
And while they might not get thanked all the time, any recognition goes a long way for some. "Sometimes we're in a restaurant, some people see us in our uniforms", said Andre Walker of the Gadsden County Fire Service, "and they walk up and say 'Thank you for your tireless dedication.'"