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Elks Lodge honors first responders, veterans

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Roswell firefighters listen to Elks Past Exalted Ruler Bob Bergmark express appreciation for the help they have provided his family and the community during an early Saturday morning ceremony of the Elks 14th Annual First Responders and Veterans Prayer Breakfast. Mayor Dennis Kintigh and current Elks Exalted Ruler Todd Tucker also gave brief remarks, and the New Mexico Military Institute Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the flags. One of the event organizers, Joe Murphy, also a past exalted ruler of the organization, said that more than 100 people were expected to come during the three-hour event that pays tribute to current and former law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officials as well as veterans living and deceased. "Not all communities honor their first responders, so this is appreciated," said Kintigh. "It means a lot." (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.