CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce is giving a big thank you to those who protect us by hosting an appreciation dinner.
Just last week, Chamber leaders encouraged the city to paint the town blue for law enforcement workers, and Thursday night they made sure public safety workers feel loved through a nice meal.
Law Enforcers, Firefighters and other First Responders are feeling appreciated tonight thanks to a good meal through the Cordele-Crisp County Chamber of Commerce's 23rd annual Public Safety Appreciation Dinner.
"It feels good," Capt. Michael Postell, Crisp County Fire Rescue. "It's good to know that we are appreciated and that we are thought about."
"It makes you feel good when you see members of your community come out and support the men and women who work in all aspects of Public Safety," said Sheriff Billy Hancock, Crisp County Sheriff's Office.
Chamber President, Monica Simmons, is married to a Public Safety worker and knows first-hand just how important their jobs are.
"Because we know that they're all out there putting their lives on the line for us," said Monica Simmons, Cordele-Crisp County Chamber of Commerce President.
Captain Michael Postell has been with the Crisp County Fire and Rescue for 27 years and says the job is not easy.
"No it's not," said Postell. "It's not at all. It's a lot of hard work and training."
Regardless of uniform, the dinner was full of fellowship.
"You can hear the camaraderie, you can hear the laughter and the likeness in the atmosphere so it gives these officers, firemen and Public Safety Personnel just a chance to kind of breathe a minute and enjoy themselves," said Hancock.
Simmons says she saw a recent spike in sponsors supporting the dinner and contributing door prizes for the workers.
"I'm proud that we've been honoring ours for all these years," said Simmons. "We just want them to know that they do have our support."