BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A showing of support for law enforcement is something many people find essential during so much unrest in our nation. That was certainly the case at a first responders breakfast Tuesday morning in Biloxi.
Cedar Lake United Methodist Church hosted the breakfast. Ramona Creel, with Camellia Home Health and Hospice, helped organize the event. The aim was to serve those who serve the coast.
"The best way, to me, to serve the community is through the people who take care of us everyday," said Creel.
Maj. Jim Adamo, with the Biloxi Police Department, said he and his fellow police officers understand the risk that comes with their job.
"We're reminded every day that the job that we get up and choose to do is inherently dangerous," said Adamo.
He also said the community he calls home makes his work day worth it.
"We have people that will stop and say, 'Thank you. We appreciate your service.' Or they'll call the director's office, not with negative comments, but with positive comments," said Adamo.
That's something he knows doesn't happen in every community. In fact, there is unrest nationwide when it comes to law enforcement. Recent incidents around the country aren't enough to make Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson want to hang up the badge.
"I'm proud to be a part of local law enforcement. I have been for 27 years, and I'm not going to give it up just because there's a group that's targeting us or wants to go against us," said Peterson.
Peterson believes working as a first responder on the coast is different.
"We're a strong community, and I wish others would look at how we do things down here and how we address situations to maybe follow along with us," said Peterson.