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Gulfport church hosts Hero Sunday to thank first responders

This is the second year the church has hosted the event. (Photo source: WLOX) This is the second year the church has hosted the event. (Photo source: WLOX)
Church leaders say they plan to continue the event in years to come. (Photo source: WLOX) Church leaders say they plan to continue the event in years to come. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

In addition to its regular congregation, one Gulfport church hosted a special group of visitors; visitors who put their lives on the line on a daily basis.

Community members got a chance to thank first responders at Gulf Coast Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday. Rev. Eddie Young, invited emergency personnel from across the coast to join his congregation for worship for a second year in a row.

Among those to speak and thank personnel were Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco, State Representative Greg Haney, and Gulfport city council member, R. Lee Flowers.

Young says he feels the need to host annual Hero Sundays to remind first responders that they are cared for and appreciated.

"They go out, they never know what they're getting into, never know who they're pulling over, never know what they're going to pull up on when they're calling out on an accident and we just want to thank them so very much for what they do," said Young.

After the service, Free Will Baptist fed the responders. Leaders say they plan to continue hosting a Hero Sunday every year.

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