GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Hard work goes behind the jobs of city emergency officials. On Sunday afternoon, first responders from across Harrison County got a special appreciation ceremony.
The Rev. Eddie Young of Gulf Coast Free Will Baptist Church set this special day aside to recognize and honor all officials that work in the emergency field in Harrison County.
"They put their lives on the line every single day. I mean, if it wasn't for them, you know, where would we be," Young said.
AMR Operations Manager Gregory Doyle says his job goes beyond a badge and uniform, and it takes a special kind of dedication to be able to pull off a job like his.
"I have the best job in the world," Doyle said. "It's kind of like a super hero, because we run into an emergency, ask people questions that they would never answer to begin with, with anybody else, take them to the hospital and never see them again. It's kind of like what super heroes do. That's the best part of doing this job is you get to help people make changes in their lives, which really, that's what we're all here for anyway."
Law enforcement officials spend a lot of time in the public working hard to protect the people in the community they live and work in. They say being recognized like this is just another reason why they love what they do.
"We appreciate the support. We don't see it that often. It's normally you get criticized or ridiculed for decisions you make, and it's just nice to have the community and church show their support and respect towards us," Capt. Phillip Marr with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office said.
"It's a calling. It's something that we all do. You can't put a price on it," Lt. Mark Hilley with the Gulfport Fire Department said. "It's a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to our community and to be able to provide the services that we do with the public. We're away from our families, and being able to come to events like this helps bring the family together, so it's important to us. We're really thankful."
Following the recognition ceremony, those represented from each first responder group in Harrison County were treated to an appreciation lunch.