Jackson County Firefighters Feast On Free Lunch

After seeing the sacrifices made by the firefighters in New York, one Coast man wanted to do something special to honor the men, who risk their lives everyday. So on Wednesday, Realtor Steve Bullard treated Jackson County firefighters to lunch at Sicilys' Restaurant on LeMoyne Boulevard.

Bullard wanted to show his new-found respect for firefighters, after seeing the devastation in New York. Bullard says he once took their jobs for granted, but when he saw the disaster, and what they did and the sacrifices they made, that changed his attitude toward firemen.

15 firefighters from the West Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department and Fort Bayou Volunteer Fire Department feasted on pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites. Bullard says he hopes the luncheon will show them that we do appreciate them, honor them, and stand behind them when they do their jobs. He says we rarely think of them, and how they put their lives on the line everyday for us.

The luncheon also honors the men who gave up their lives to save so many others in the World Trade Center. Those who came the noon-time gathering say something good can come from the tragedy.

Rev. Bill Renick says as Americans, we have probably in the last three weeks, come to appreciate the men more than ever before in the history of this nation. Firefighter Boyd Killeen says it makes him feel special, and especially privileged to be doing a job that is respected.

Firefighter Lyle Crandall says a lot of people take it for granted, and then when something ugly happens, it changes a lot of viewpoints, so it was nice. Crandall says it's a bit surprising, but it's nice at the same time. Hopefully it will continue and never fade away.