By Sarrah Peters, News Editor
On Wednesday, November 2, Modern Woodmen and Coosa Insurance held the Everyday Heroes luncheon and award ceremony at Blackstone Pub and Eatery in Gadsden.
“Basically, the whole idea behind this was to honor those of you who are out there every day doing great things,” said Modern Woodmen financial representative Morgan Lavender. “I hope that this inspires other people to get out and do something for their community.”
Nine local responders and emergency personel were honored and given money to award to his or her favorite charity.
The awards were presented by Coosa Insurance agent Michael Delozier.
Rainbow City Police Officer Richard Roberts was honored. Roberts was nominated by Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton.
Captain John Richardson with Piedmont Rescue was honored.
Brian Smith with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department was honored.
Corporal Michael Farrell of the Alabama State Trooper’s Office was honored. He was unable to attend the ceremony.
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin was honored. He was nominated by Chief Bill Partridge of the Oxford Police Department.
Etowah County 911 operator Lori Beggs was honored.
Gadsden Fire department Commander Bryan Couch was honored. Couch was unable to attend. Lisa Dobbins accepted the award on his behalf.
Brandon Snyder with the Whorton Bend Fire Department was honored. He was unable to attend the ceremony.
Sam Lowe with the Gadsden Police Department was honored. Lowe also runs a charity called After the Call, who helps families after a response. He was unable to attend the ceremony.
In addition to donating money to a charity of his or her choice, the honorees also received gift bags and certificates.
Lavender thanked the families and spouses of the first responders for all they do in support.
Lavender also thanked Blackstone Pub and Eatery for hosting the event.