ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Hearts and Hugs Foundation honored first responders Saturday night in it's first Hometown Heroes Dinner.
The group recognized past, present, and future EMS, fire, and police at the Knights of Columbus banquet hall.
"These are people that make our world stay together. When people are having their worst days, these are the people that are going out trying to help put everything back together for them," said Albany Fire Department Chief Ron Rowe.
Organizers say they wanted to commemorate those who put their lives on the line to protect people.
"They're the first to respond. They're what this community's all about," said Jay Sharpe, master of ceremonies.
Tickets were $30 each, and the proceeds will go to charities related to first responders and the armed services, as well as individual first responders or soldiers in need of financial help.