Southern Pines Salutes Local Heroes

Thomasville Honors First Responders

img_0877Sunday, September 11, 2016, marked the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, NY. Individuals, organizations and businesses around the country commemorated the somber event in different ways.

In our hometown of Thomasville, GA, several events were organized to honor first responders who lost their lives on that day in the line of duty.

The YMCA of Thomasville, along with Community Network ServicesThomasville Fire and Rescue and the Local 2084 Thomasville/Thomas County, GA Professional Firefighters Union sponsored the third annual Climb to Remember.

Southern Pines Shows Appreciation With Cookout

img_0878At Southern Pines Senior Living, we held our first annual Honoring Our Heroes cookout event to show our appreciation to local first responders and emergency personnel.

Over 150 first responders, including city and county law enforcement officers, the sheriff’s department, EMTs and fire fighters visited Southern Pines to enjoy an old-fashioned cook-out featuring hotdogs and hamburgers.

Christy Cooke, who serves as Southern Pines’ executive director was assisted by her father Jay Ridenhower, the Thomas County health director. Ridenhower manned the grill and used this event as an opportunity to show his appreciation for the men and women who keep local residents safe. He also packed to-go boxes for first responders who were on duty that day and could not attend.

The Role of First Responders Cannot Be Underestimated

img_0892As the community relations director for Southern Pines, I know first hand how important these heroes are to our local community, including our seniors. We have gotten to know many of our local first responders personally.

The experience and expertise that our first responders bring to the community cannot be underestimated.

In July of this year, Thomasville Fire and Rescue conducted a free fire safety event for local seniors. They helped seniors discover how to stay safe while also providing and installing free fire alarms in their homes.

First responders are the first on the scene when a senior calls 911 after a fall or accident in their home. They may also be the first to recognize that a senior requires more care than their family can provide and are also trained to recognize signs of memory loss, malnutrition or problems with over-medication.

We appreciate all that our first responders do for us and look forward to supporting them in their efforts to serve our community, to protect and to save lives.

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