First Responders who serve the Amherst area were recognized for their service on Sunday, Oct. 21, during the 15th annual Emergency Responders Memorial Parade and Church Service
Led by the Amherst Fire Department's antique fire engine and a pipe band, members of the Amherst Fire Department paraded from the fire station to First Baptist Church. They were joined by members of Amherst Police Department, local RCMP officers, Amherst and Cumberland County councillors, veterans and members of the local cadet corps and squadron.
Entering the church, the Emergency Responders were greeted by Rev. Dr. Dan Green, who led the church service.
During the service prayers were said and hymns were sung as those in attendance paid tribute to the Emergency Responders.
Amherst Fire Chief Greg Jones, retired RCMP Cpl. Mike Johnson and Amherst Police Chief reminded those of the sacrifice Emergency Responders make, the need to ensure they maintain their mental health and the bonds that are created by being a member of the Emergency Responder family. They also asked that people remember Emergency Responders who have paid the supreme sacrifice while on duty as well as the dedication shown by all those have served in the past as well as those serving in the present.
Following the church service participants marched back to the fire hall.
At the fire hall, wreaths were laid, a bell tolled ...
... and salutes were given in memory of Emergency Responders who died and to honour those who continue to serve.