Saucier Honors Local Heroes

As the nation remembers the tragic events of 9-11, one South Mississippi organization is honoring those who serve right here on the Coast.

People who live and work in Saucier are saying "thank you" to those that protect and serve.

The Saucier Exchange Club organized a special ceremony to honor firefighters and police officers. Leaders believe 9-11 is all about bravery and that's what they say these service men and women are all about.

"We feel that them being first responders, it's our responsibility to be first responders to them," says Franklin Williams with the Saucier Exchange Club.

Lieutenant Bruce Dubuisson has been with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department for nearly ten years. He says it's an honor to be recognized on the same day as 9-11 heroes.

"It's in their blood to do what they do. I don't think they could do anything else. It's just in their blood," Dubuisson said.

Harrison County Fire Marshal George Mixon agrees. After more than 30 years of service, Mixon is appreciative of organizations like the Exchange Club, not to mention the faces he's responsible for protecting.

"It really means something special when an organization like this, which is made up of the people in the community that step up to the plate and find a way to say, 'We appreciate what you're doing and we want to thank you,'" said Mixon.

Members of the Exchange Club say catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina and 9-11 changed America's history forever. Now it's important to remember those who are trying to protect the future.

The Exchange Club was started nearly 100 years ago. The organization focuses on child abuse prevention, the youth, community service and Americanism.