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Albany -- With the September 11th anniversary this week, an Albany church is thanking first responders for being everyday heroes of the community.

Volunteers with First United Methodist Church in Albany deliver a heroes appreciation meal. They bring a simple meal. Subway sandwiches, chips, cookies, and soft drinks.

And a simple message, that the paramedics and EMT's are appreciated. Associate Minister Jim Coleman said "I think September 11th showed very dramatically how first responders are absolutely necessary in a community."

This is the third year that the church has sponsored it's Hero Appreciation Meal. In 2003 they fed firefighters. Last year Police officers.

This year they honor emergency medical workers. Volunteer Millie Sample said "Because we have some of the best trained, some of the most giving and caring paramedics and EMT's in the state."

The church will feed about 80 EMT's and paramedics, to simply say thank you for doing a very vital job. EMS Supervisor Phillip Jackson said "We really appreciate this. It's nice to know, out of all the things you do, there are people out there who can take the time to say thank you."

Before the paramedics could finish their lunch, they had to leave on a call. Going to help someone in need, their job everyday.

The Hero Meals will be served Tuesday through Friday, so that all EMS shifts will get an appreciation meal.

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