Hattiesburg church hosts pancake breakfast for first responders

Hattiesburg church hosts pancake breakfast for first responders

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg church opened its doors and dining area Saturday morning to law officers and firefighers for a special occasion in their honor.

Westminster Presbyterian Church hosted a pancake breakfast for local first responders.

It was a first-time event to say thank you for all that they do.

Church members served up flapjacks, bacon and sausage. And they also spent time telling their special guests how much they appreciate their service and sacrifice.

"We're here today to honor these folks, who spend their time protecting us and our families," said Kenny Harrell, a church member who is also a retired firefighter. "We really appreciate the opportunity to serve them as they serve us."

"We've got a good camaraderie with the fire department and the community, so I think it's awesome what they're doing for us," said Chad Young, a motor officer with the Hattiesburg Police Department.

"They called and asked us to come out and have this breakfast and we had as many trucks as we could get here and we had a good turnout today," said Talmus Russell, a battalion chief with the Hattiesburg Fire Department. "We really appreciate it."

Church members hope to make the pancake breakfast an annual event.