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First Responders treated at annual Appreciation luncheon held Friday

Pictured seated, from left, are Chaves County deputies Josh Martinez and Anna Romero, with Preston Washington, fire inspector with the Roswell Fire Department, and Deputy Fire Marshal Jared Olive, as they eat lunch together during the First Responders Appreciation Lunch Friday, Sept. 11. The annual event, which provides a free lunch to police, fire and other emergency response personnel, was held in the parking lot of The Liberty Inc. Social Club at 312 N. Virginia Ave. and was hosted by Ballard Funeral Home & Crematory and LaGrone Funeral Chapel & Crematory. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Local police and emergency first responders were treated to a free lunch Friday courtesy of LaGrone Funeral Chapel and Ballard Funeral Home.

Roswell police officers, Chaves County deputies, Roswell Fire Department personnel and paramedics with Superior Services were at the First Responders Appreciation Lunch in the parking lot of The Liberty Inc. Social Club at 312 N. Virginia Ave.

Wearing their badges and uniforms, attendees received a hamburger, chips, cookies and cold drinks, served and prepared by LaGrone and Ballard employees and Liberty staff.

The lunch is a tradition organized by LaGrone for about the past 10 years and coincides with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“We do it to recognize our first responders and to just say thank you,” said Troy Grant, manager of LaGrone and Ballard funeral homes.

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It was 19 years ago Friday that terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and another in a field in Pennsylvania.

Grant, a retired commander with the Roswell Police Department, said the day, which saw first responders flock to the scene to tend to the injured and pull the injured from the rubble, is a reminder of what police, fire and medical personnel sacrifice each day to assist the public.

He added with the COVID-19 pandemic, many have also come to realize that emergency medical personnel are also putting their well-being on the line in service to others.

“And this is just a small token of our appreciation for what they do,” Grant said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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