Bakersfield, California 2021-09-11 21:23:00 –
Vehicles from various law enforcement agencies lined up on Saturday and received a free lunch from Salty’s BBQ & Catering in honor of their service on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
SSD Alarm volunteers and employees have assembled boxes of chicken, trichips, macaroni and cheese, beans and rolls to avoid concerns about COVID-19. Tye Peterson, SSD Alarm Operations Manager, who coordinated the event, said about 150 boxes were distributed around noon.
“We are here to support first responders, no matter what is happening in the world right now,” Peterson said. “We want to show a little unity.”
According to Peterson, SSD Alarm created a “Hero Thanks” event 17 years ago. Initially, the company served individual fire departments. But when the pandemic began, they switched to drive-through. The company has also created a $ 100 gift card draw for Valley Gun.
By thanking first responders, Peterson tried to put into practice the popular phrase “never forget” about 9/11.
Radio station LIFE FM 88.3 played Christian music throughout the event and distributed supply kits to each officer. Melissa Woods, media company’s promotion director, said the station jumped at the opportunity to celebrate the 9/11 anniversary and is giving back to the people who protect its citizens every day.
“It’s a small way to say thank you,” Woods said.
She remembers how 9/11 changed their lives forever. Woods embraced his six-month-old daughter and watched the tower crash on television. At first she was shocked. And tears began to spill. Woods remembered that she didn’t want to let go of her daughter.
Program director and radio host Matt Perishek recalls the “amazing silence” surrounding his colleagues who were at the Bible School and saw the tower collapse. He wants to remember the unity that the public felt after the attack and set aside politics and other divisions.
Bakersfield Police Station Travis Harles stopped by Salty’s BBQ lunch with two other officers. He said he was grateful for the way companies donate their hard-earned money to benefit law enforcement agencies.
A Saturday morning ceremony at Bakersfield Fire Department 15 also allows the general public to think about the September 11 tragedy, he added.
“Events are important to come (to the community) and give them an exit to show their support and appreciation,” Harles said.
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