The Rev. Ernest King is looking forward to showing appreciation to men and women who respond to crisis situations.
The third annual Emergency Response Appreciation Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21 at Zoar Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 740 Zoar Church Road, Salemburg. During the service, King and the the church will show appreciation to all emergency, fire and law enforcement personnel. This includes invitations to emergency medical services, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, rescue squads, fire stations, police officers, sheriff deputies, highway patrol troopers and others.
“The Lord laid it on my heart to show appreciation to all of our emergency responders,” King said.
During the 2016 event, King spoke and showed gratitude during his sermon. He also assisted with their spiritual guidance as well. King formerly served with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department and also has a fire department background.
For the upcoming event towards the end of May, he hopes more emergency personnel partake in the activity. Last year some of the representatives included the Clinton Fire Department, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
“The first year was a success, but then we had a lot more involvement with different agencies,” he said. “This year, we’re hoping to add more.”
Following the morning worship service, a luncheon will follow. For more information, contact King at 910-358-3273.
“Everybody is invited if their in public service,” King said.