Honoring First Responders


TAYLOR COUNTY—During the month of September, one local church will be recognizing the efforts of first responders in the area with a special meal.

The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Outreach Team has been busy preparing meals and delivering them to area first responders and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks.

Their first stop was the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, September 5. They next visited the Flemington Fire Department and Emergency Medical Squad, delivering a home cooked meal on Sunday, September 8.

“On behalf of the Flemington EMS members, we would like to thank the members of the Church of the Good Shepherd for providing a wonderful meal for all of our members,” The Flemington Area EMS posted on their Facebook. “Thank you again!”

The Outreach Team’s next scheduled stop will be at the Taylor County Emergency Squad, where they will be delivering dinner on September 27.

The church has revealed that the Grafton Fire Department, Grafton Police Department, Boothsville Fire Department and the West Virginia State Police Grafton Detachment will be served at dates chosen by those entities later this month.

In addition to the delicious food, the Outreach Team will also be presenting the local heroes with appreciation gift bags, as a way to say thank you to the brave men and women.

Then, on Sunday, September 29, the Good Shepherd will be welcoming all first responders and their families to a special morning worship at the church, beginning at 10:00 a.m. During the service, the emergency personnel will be recognized for their efforts in keeping the community safe.

Following the service, there will be a covered dish meal served to the guests.

“We felt it was important to let first responders know that we are thankful for them, the courageous men and women who have chosen such difficult and dangerous jobs,” expressed Dotson. “We are thankful for their sacrifices and service. A meal, goodie bag and an invitation to a Sunday morning service for worship and fellowship is just a little something we can give back to them after all the things they do for us.”

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