First Reponders Amherst honours its police officers, firefighters and paramedics

April 8 to April 14 was declared First Responders Week in the Town of Amherst. Here's a look back on how the town said thank you to those who keep the town safe.

A few days before the start of the week-long thank you began, Mayor David Kogon signed a proclamation officially proclaiming First Responders Week in the town.
The week started with a flag raising on April 8 that was attended by members of the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department, Cumberland RCMP, local EHS paramedics, members of town council and residents. It was the first time the First Respnders flag was unfurled.
During the ceremony, Mayor Kogon thanked the First Responders for their dedication to duty and read a proclamation that noted they were vital to the town's safety. Besides presenting a copy of the proclamation to each group, the town also presented each First Responder with a coin marking the occasion. Mayor Kogon also thanked the families of the First Responders for the sacrifices they make so their First Responder can serve.
First Responders Week continued with an open house on April 11 at the Amherst fire hall that was a big hit, especially with our youth who marveled at the equipment used by our First Responders.
The open house featured fire trucks, police cars and equipment displays.
On April 13, the thank you continued when member of Amherst town council served breakfast to our First Responders and their families.
First Responders Week concluded with a parade to First Baptist Church, where a church service was held in recognition of the dedicated service our First Responders and their families provide the town.
At the Church service representatives of the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department and Cumberland RCMP addressed the congregation. Each thanked the town for hosting First Responders Week, thanked their members for their dedication and hard work, thanked their families for the support they give First Responders and reminded our police officers, firefighters and paramedics that it was important to maintain their own mental and physical well-being. We'll let the students from the three area elementary schools have the final say.


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst

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