Students at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy honored firefighters, police officers, paramedics and EMT’s for their service to the community Wednesday morning.

The students served breakfast to these emergency responders as a way to say thank you.

“We wanted to honor the first responders and we discussed what we wanted to do. So we decided to do a breakfast to honor them,” student council sponsor and teacher,” Lisa Minton said. “We sent out invitations to the different groups. I am overjoyed with today’s turnout.”

Minton said it is important to educate students about the sacrifices that people made on Sept. 11, 2001 and honor the people here in our community who put their lives on the line for us each day.

Student Emory Morrill said she happy that so many police officers and firefighters came out to the breakfast on Wednesday. Morrill agreed with Minton and said that it is import to show our respect to brave men and women who serve the community each day.  

Waxahachie Police Officer O.T. Glidwell was one of many police officers that were at Wednesday breakfast. Glidwell said seeing the students being involved in this made it much more special.

“It is good to feel appreciated. Sometimes in our line of work that is not always the case,” Glidwell said.  It really feels good to see the staff and the kids pull together and thank the people that serve the community.”

Fellow Waxahachie Police Officer Chris Eadler said he enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the students a little bit better by visiting with them.

“A lot of people that we get to see in our job are in need of our assistance so it is nice to get to talk to people that we normally don’t get to see every day,” Eadler said. “I have enjoyed seeing the kids, getting to know them and letting them see a different side of us.”

Waxahachie Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Randall Potter said as a firefighter you see people on the worst day of their lives when we go to an emergency call and try to help the best you can.  The appreciation shown by the students was very humbling and unexpected. It makes you feel great, Potter said.

Pump Engineer Scott Safford shared the same feelings as Potter. Safford said it is really amazing to get this kind of support from the community to know that there are people out there that care about what we do for them.

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