STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Fried chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes were Stone County High School students' way of saying thank you to firefighters on the anniversary of 9/11.
"We really wanted to do something for 9/11 for the firefighters, and then it was a unanimous decision, like this is what we want to do," Student Council Vice President Laura Montiloa said.
The student council put on fund raisers to earn enough money to purchase meals for Wiggins firefighters. Before enjoying the hot meal, the students and firefighters bowed their heads in prayer together.
"Thank you for these firefighters who risk their lives every day for us, Lord," Montiloa said. "We thank you for the bravery and their courage. Not everyone can do it, Lord."
The students served the firefighters first and then grabbed a meal and sat down with them to socialize and remember the tragic attack on America 13 years ago.
"These were local firefighters. People forget about that," a teacher said.
"When the bell went off, they went," Wiggins Fire Chief Jody Hatten told the students, who were just in pre-k and kindergarten when the attack happened. "Terrorist attacks. That's something you don't train for, well you used to not, now we do."
"These are people who don't really get thank you enough," Stone County High School senior Casey Lavender said. "For as much as they do in the community for what they do, risking their lives every single day, they deserved to be thanked."
"They are here to help us," junior Beth Owen said. "Always show your appreciation to the ones that could lay down their life for you at any moment."
The firefighters were touched by the students' thoughtfulness, especially on a day they will always remember for losing many of their own.
"It's nice to know people are thinking about us out in the community," Hatten said. "Especially high school students thinking about serving the community and thinking about the firemen."
The students say they hope to make this a tradition at the high school to do something every year for the firefighters on 9/11.