ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dozens of law enforcement cars lined the block for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. First Free Will Baptist Church hosted the special day to show support for law enforcement officers serving the community.
The day was filled with VIP treatment for just about everyone with a badge. Agencies from Albany Police to the Georgia State Patrol were all in attendance.
For most law enforcement, it felt like the roles were reversed, especially for Sergeant Jon Segroves who serves in the church as well. He attended church in uniform that morning.
"The church has backed me for many years in my life," said Sgt. Segroves.
First Free Will Baptist made sure each man and woman in uniform were treated like VIPs by giving plaques, gifts, and also lunch.
"When they hold things for this in the community, and they tell us thank you and they shake our hands or pay for our meals we do appreciate that," said Officer Skyler Duke. "And we're very very thankful and blessed."
Church officials say they just hope all officers know they are here for them, just as they are here for the community.
"I think that we'll continue to strive each and every week, all our first responders not just our law enforcement, but feel appreciated and loved and care for," said Youth Pastor Ti Barnhill.
Sgt. Segroves wants people to know what this display of support means to him.
The church is also planning to host a day honoring firefighters.