HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A chance to unwind, compete and enjoy the beauty of Fallen Oak. That’s what 80 of our local first responders enjoyed Tuesday in the Heroes at Fallen Oak Golf Tournament.
“This is the elite golf course in Mississippi, and to bring these guys out here to let them celebrate for a day is our privilege,” said Andy Swoger, Keesler Federal Credit Union President and CEO. “It’s far too often that we wait until something bad happens to say thank you, whether it’s a hurricane or some sort of natural disaster. These guys create the atmosphere where we can thrive.”
At this event, the vibe was all about getting together, playing golf, and weeding out the stress of being first responders.
“It’s amazing that we can all get together and that we haven’t been together for a year,” said Troy Peterson, Harrison County Sheriff. “I guess in law enforcement, and public service really, everyone has to find that balance. Well, this gives everyone a chance to vent and get out and enjoy some fresh air.”
It also gave everyone a chance to take part in an event that actually feels “normal.”
“We’re seeing a lot of our guests come back to the Coast. We’re ready to welcome back, and we couldn’t do it without the partnership of our first responders on the Coast,” said Travis Lunn, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino President and COO.
Twenty teams made up of players from 18 local police and fire departments and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety took part in the event.