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Days before 9/11 anniversary, church honors first responders

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NorthWoods Church says this marks the sixth year for their first responders service. NorthWoods Church says this marks the sixth year for their first responders service.

The 11th anniversary of September 11 attacks is just a couple of days away, and today, a local church held a special service to honor first responders.

Church and city leaders tell 14 News that services like the one at NorthWoods Church are a good way to remember 9/11 and the work local first responders do for the entire community.

"We just felt like this was a way we could honor them, also maybe help them, encourage them," said NorthWoods' Associate Pastor Ed Collins.

Collins says NorthWoods Church started holding a special service several years ago to honor the men and women who devote their lives to protecting and serving others.

"It wasn't until 9/11 that we realized the value of what they do for us and, and so we want to make sure that they understand that we know their value," Collins said.

Sunday morning at that service, some local first responders shared their job and life experiences with those who attended.

"It's of course, very, very emotional today, where we kind of think about those who've gone on before us," said Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer. 

The church then recognized police, fire, and emergency management personnel, honoring them with a gift.  

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and First Lady McClintock were at that special service. The mayor says it's important to honor not only the first responders, but their families, too.

"Many first responders will tell you that they were just doing their job. They elect to put their lives on the line. They make a sacrifice and honestly, their families make a great sacrifice," Mayor Winnecke said.

Church leaders tell 14 News it's important to thank first responders not just around the anniversary of 9/11, but all year round.

"They lay their lives on the line every day for us," Collins states.

NorthWoods Church says this marks the sixth year of the first responders service.

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